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BCMS Educational Trust Receives
a Major Gift from Pat Sharma, MD

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e are thrilled to announce that BCMS member Dr.
Pat Sharma has donated $100,000 to the society's
Educational Trust. Education is one of the four
'compass points' guiding the BCMS's path to serving its members
and the greater Berks County community. This aspect of our
mission is expressed in a variety of programs and activities,
including this magazine, our call-in radio show Health Talk
(WEEU Wednesdays 6-7pm), and our annual research poster
contest for young physicians in residency training programs at
Berks County's two local health systems. In 2017, we offered a free
Advocacy Academy for physicians interested in learning how to
engage effectively in the political arena.
In the summer of 2014 we added a 6-week paid summer
internship designed for local college students planning a career
in medicine or other health-related field. The internship involves
researching a topic in medicine or health policy and writing an
article for publication in the Medical Record under the tutelage
of local experts. Included in the experience is the opportunity to
observe member physicians in clinical practice and attend didactic
sessions with summer student trainees at Tower Health. Students
completing this internship gain knowledge, experience, and
perspective of great value in pursuing their career goals.
All of these programs come with a price tag, of course, and although
Berks County's health care institutions and businesses provide
generous sponsorships for many of our educational programs,
gaps inevitably occur. The Educational Trust was created to fill

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such gaps, but over recent years the balance in the Trust dwindled,
putting our programs at risk. Dr. Sharma's most magnanimous
gift breathes new life into the Trust and into our ability to carry
forward with our educational mission. We hope that Dr. Sharma's
commitment will inspire additional donations from others who see
the value in what we do.
Dr. Sharma is a vascular surgeon with the PennState Health St.
Joseph Vascular Institute. In the Spring 2013 Medical Record
he was one of the local physicians featured in an article on the
importance of International Medical Graduates to the U.S. health
care system. It seems fitting to reprint his story here:
Pat Sharma, MD, came to the U.S. 46 years ago from Bangaluru,
Karnataka State, which borders the Arabian Sea in southern India.
He attended Government Medical College in the city of Bellary.
Early in his life, even before entering medical school, he developed
the desire to become a surgeon. His motivation was in part was the
result of being mentored by an American surgeon who was engaged
in medical missionary work in India.
His introduction to the mentor was unique. When Dr. Sharma was
a high school student, his brother was suffering from pulmonary
tuberculosis and needed a lobectomy. The surgeon scheduled to
perform this procedure was the above-mentioned American (a
Texan). He appeared larger-than-life to the young Pat Sharma, who
nevertheless found the courage to ask if he could watch the surgery.
Amazingly, the surgeon said yes! The surgical procedure was quite
fantastic - like a well-run orchestra - and the young high school


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