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President's Message

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efore beginning the President's Message, the BCMS and I would like to recognize one
of our members for a remarkable gesture of goodwill with his recent endowment to our
organization. Words cannot express our gratitude to Pathanjali Sharma, MD, for his
incredible generosity and commitment to the ideals and educational efforts of our society with his
unprecedented donation to our organization. His gift, the most tendered in the nearly 200-year
history of the Berks County Medical Society, will ensure that future generations of physicians will
be able to benefit from the many opportunities provided by the BCMS. I know I speak for the
entire membership when I say that we are so very thankful to Dr. Sharma and will cherish and
preserve his unparalleled contribution.

Gregory T. Wilson, D.O.
President

As I gaze out my window, partially covered by melting snow, it gives me great pleasure to
forecast a bright Spring 2018 for the Berks County Medical Society. In addition to several
perennial successful events, we look forward to exciting new programs presently being developed
by members of BCMS. At this time of year, as we have all had enough of the cold, long, dreary
days of winter, I take this opportunity to highlight several upcoming programs which remind us
that warmer and more enjoyable days are ahead.
It is time to put away the snow shovels and dust off that set of clubs for our Spring Golf
Outing scheduled for April 21st. This year, we will be holding the event on a Saturday, allowing
participants to attend who in the past were limited by weekday commitments. As in years past,
Golden Oaks Country Club will host the event. The annual golf outing remains an enjoyable
opportunity for camaraderie not only for experienced players but also for those simply looking to
escape the wards and enjoy some fresh air and (hopefully) sunshine.
On April 28th, the BCMS along with representatives
from the Council on Chemical Abuse, the District
Attorney's office, and the Berks Opioid Task Force will
host the 3rd annual Drug Take-Back Event at First
Energy Stadium. This highly successful program aims
to collect unused or unwanted prescription medications
and prevent them from potential misuse. Last year,
volunteers collected nearly 250 lbs of prescription
pharmaceuticals, including many opioid medications. A
major focus of the Drug Take-Back Event is to reduce
opiate abuse as the opioid epidemic rages on.
Our local resident physicians have the opportunity
to share their research on May 4th at the annual BCMS
Resident's Day program. This year, we plan to hold the
event at the Crown Plaza Hotel. The 2018 exhibition
is sure to continue a tradition of impressive case study
and original research authored by our local resident
physicians. We are fortunate to have several excellent
teaching programs in our area and hope that many
graduating physicians will elect to call Berks County
their home.
On May 7th, we honor those who helped create
a foundation of excellence in medical care in our
community with our retired physicians' luncheon.
This year's gathering will be held at the Highlands at
Wyomissing and honors those physicians who devoted
their careers to caring for patients of Berks County.
The BCMS wishes to thank these physicians for their
enduring commitment to our patients and we look
forward to another wonderful event.

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