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Editor's CommEnts
THE NEXT GENERATION
" Life affords no greater responsibility,
no greater privilege, than the raising
of the next generation "
C. Everett Koop, M.D.
United States Surgeon General, 1982-89
by Raymond C. Truex, Jr., MD, FACS, FAANS
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Dr. Pat Sharma
ne of the highlights of my medical career, and one of the things I miss the most following
retirement, is the opportunity to teach eager young students about the art and science of medicine.
All physicians understand that we have been given a gift, which is the opportunity to care for our
fellow humans in time of illness. We all innately understand why it is important to convey that gift, and the
responsibility that goes with it, to the next generation, who will likely care for us when we advance in years
and frailty.
I am proud that the Berks County Medical Society (BCMS) is carrying on that responsibility. In 2018,
Dr. Pat Sharma, BCMS President in 2004, endowed the BCMS Summer Internship program. In 2020, I
had the opportunity to mentor one of the summer interns, and maintained an online relationship with him
during his senior year of college, teaching him by way of Zoom lectures the intricacies of neuroanatomy
at a medical school level of sophistication. I think it opened his eyes regarding the depth and volume of
education at the next level, understanding for example that there is more to the Cranial Nerves than a one
sentence description, as for example " Cranial Nerve II is for vision. " This understanding is important to a
college student when making a decision about whether a medical education is the right next step for them.
This summer of 2021, I again was given an opportunity to interact with the BCMS summer interns, both
of whom chose to study the effects of COVID-19 in Berks County. Given my position with the PAMED
Physician's Health Program, I was in a position to teach them about the nature of addiction as a disease, and
how it adversely affects the individual, the family, and society in general. This understanding was integral to
the summation of their summer research.
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