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m E d i C a l r E C o r d F E at u r E

SUPPORT EDUCATION AND
FUTURE PHYSICIANS BY MAKING
A CHARITABLE GIFT
by William J. West Jr., MD

BCMS leadership hopes that Dr. Sharma's
recognition of the value of the society's
educational activities, and the example
of his gift, will inspire others to join him
in supporting this part of our mission
by also making charitable donations to
our Educational Trust. To inquire about
making a gift, call our office at 610-3756555 and speak to our Executive Director,
Mr. T.J. Huckleberry.
Our state society also offers opportunities
to strengthen our profession through
charitable giving. Dr. William J West,
Jr. personally benefited from one such
program, which he describes at right.

T

he Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the
charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, has
been helping to finance medical education for more than 60
years. Our program provides low-interest loans and scholarships to
Pennsylvania medical students - in fact over the years, nearly 5,000
students have received $20.8 million in financial assistance.
I'm one such grateful loan borrower. Years ago, I had a young
family to support while I was in college. I also worked as a golf
caddy and in a binding factory while I was in school. But it wasn't
enough ... getting a loan from the Foundation was a huge help,
giving me the ability to focus on my studies, family and patients.
When I became a physician, the Foundation's loan was the first
thing I was committed to paying off so that those funds would
be available to other students facing situations like mine. The
Foundation loan program is truly doctors investing in their fellow
future doctors. Our loan program is not a handout ... it teaches the
value of receiving, gratefulness, and giving back - powerful and
important concepts for all.
I hope you will consider making the Foundation loan program
part of your charitable giving and make a gift today to help
tomorrow'sphysicians. Being a physician has been such a meaningful
part of my life.
It's a wonderful career that I am blessed to be a part of
peoples' lives by taking great care of them. The partnerships I have
established to create better health are satisfying on a daily basis. I can
honestly see how I have made a difference in my patients' lives.
I'm proud to help the next generation of talented individuals
become doctors. A financial barrier should not stop young people
from achieving this dream, and we all know the incredible debt
our next generations of physicians are acquiring. We want the best
and brightest to elevate our chosen profession. I give to the
Foundation to help make that possible.
I hope you will join me in making a gift to the Foundation
designated to the Foundation loan program.

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