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President's Message
BERKS COUNTY PHYSICIANS: IF YOU ARE
READING THE MEDICAL RECORD, YOU
SHOULD BE A MEMBER OF THE BERKS
COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY!

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Michael L. Haas, MD
President

n a year unlike any other during our lifetime there have been innumerable threats to the practice
of medicine. The Berks County Medical Society has been tirelessly at work to ensure that
disruptions are minimal, and that patient care can continue at the exceptional level to which we
are accustomed. Other contributors to this issue speak in more detail regarding the items I have listed
below.
I will admit that at times over the last 20 years, I questioned the value of membership. This
year in particular, I am proud to call myself a member and President of this important society. Your
medical society leadership provides direct interaction with County and State legislature, health system
leadership, and local resources of importance to county physicians.
Earlier this year, the Berks County Commissioners approached the Medical Society for advice on
pandemic response. We subsequently formed the Berks County Covid-19 Advisory Panel. This group
of well-respected, knowledgeable physicians provides direct guidance to Berks County Commissioners
in regard to the pandemic response and public safety.
The Berks County Medical Society is one of the founding members of the Berks County PPE
Network, responsible with providing local healthcare providers with over 20,000 faceshields, masks,
and related items. Over 150 provider requests were received and fulfilled during the springtime, when
need was highest. If you requested and received PPE from the PPE network, pay it back by joining the
Medical Society.
Medical society leadership took note of the challenging job environment for students over the
summer. Historically, we have had only one recipient of the Pat Sharma scholarship participate in a
paid program to collaborate with a physician member on a healthcare topic of interest. As you can
see in this issue, we expanded the program this summer to help additional students pursuing a career
in healthcare attain invaluable experience, improve their curriculum vitae, and receive a stipend at the
same time. Often, these scholars are relatives of medical society members following in their footsteps!
Out of crisis comes education. The Medical Society is becoming leaner. We have learned that the
important work we do is achievable with a work from home model. Participation in our meetings
has risen with the use of Zoom. Not surprisingly some of our members had challenges getting to inperson meetings on time. The rent for our physical location has been a major challenge to our annual
budget. Taking this off the books will allow additional funds to move towards areas of our mission,
rather than our infrastructure.
Of course there's the legislative issue that won't go away. In early September, the state Medical
Society testified at a PA Senate hearing on venue change. We have discussed venue change at length
previously. Without continued attention to this issue, we will find liability premiums dramatically

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