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President's message

Action on State Licensing

T
Gregory T. Wilson, D.O.
President

he Berks County Medical Society serves as an advocate for the physicians of our county and
collaborator with our local and state legislators when policies and procedures impact patient
care. Recently, this responsibility was enacted in response to the delays in processing of
Pennsylvania State Medical Licenses by the state Board of Medicine. Changes made in the electronic
managing of license applications has resulted in physicians waiting several months to gain approval.
The downstream effect of licensing delays is significant as, without a license, physicians remain unable
to see patients, health systems lose valuable resources, and patients grow frustrated with reduced access
to care and rescheduled appointments. In addition, as this is a renewal year for all PA physicians,
unexpected delays in license recertification would have a dramatic impact on patient care statewide.
In response to this licensing difficulty, the BCMS, along with several members of the medical
staff of Reading Hospital, recently enlisted the assistance of our local state senator Judy Schwank,
Democratic Chair of the state Health and Human Services Committee, to investigate the issue.
Letters drafted to Senator Schwank are highlighted in this edition of the Medical Record. I am
optimistic that, with the assistance of our legislators, delays in physician licenses can be minimized.
Often, in this age of prioritizing physician expenditures, the medical society continues to strive to
prove its value. This licensing issue serves as another recent example of physician advocacy the BCMS
provides in our region and beyond. I personally want to thank the physician and administrative
leadership of Reading Hospital and Tower Health System for collaborating with BCMS to call
attention to the state licensing delays.
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