The North Carolina Institute of Medicine

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Pam C. Silberman, J.D., Dr.P.H., President and CEO

Adam J. Zolotor, MD, DrPH, Vice-President



Chartered in 1983 by the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NC IOM) is an independent, quasi state agency that serves as a non-political source of analysis and advice on issues of relevance to the health of North Carolina’s population. The Institute is a convener of persons and organizations with health-related expertise, a provider of carefully conducted studies of complex and often controversial health and healthcare issues, and a source of advice regarding available options for problem solution. The mission of the Institute is two-fold:

  • to seek constructive solutions to statewide problems that impede the improvement of health and efficient and effective delivery of healthcare for all North Carolina citizens, and
  • to serve an advisory function at the request of the Governor, the General Assembly, and/or agencies of state government, and to assist in the formation of public policy on complex and interrelated issues concerning health and healthcare for the people of North Carolina.

The Institute addresses this two-part mission through coordination and sponsorship of research, collection of information on major issues, the analysis of viable options, and the development of consensus within the membership of the Institute and the various stakeholders with respect to particular issues on a range of solutions, which are in the best interests of the public.

Examples of Task Forces:

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The NCMJ was founded as the North Carolina Medical Journal by the North Carolina Medical Society in 1849. Since 2002, the journal has been copublished by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and The Duke Endowment. The journal is published six times per year under the direction of its editorial board and read in print by more than 30,000 health care professionals, policymakers, government officials, business executives, educators, researchers, and interested laypeople. Each month, approximately 2,000 readers access electronic content from current and archived issues.

Each issue has a topical focus referred to as the policy forum. The policy forum is introduced by an extended issue brief that provides an overview of key issues related to the focal topic. The issue brief is followed by commentaries and sidebars written by persons with special perspectives on or expertise in various aspects of the topic.

Example issues:

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