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President's Message

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common and recurring theme throughout healthcare is the call to political
action for physicians. We have all undoubtedly witnessed the growing
bureaucratic regulations infiltrating our profession. Countless medical
journals, emails, and mailings express on-going concern regarding the future of
healthcare as patient care seems increasingly dictated by non-physicians. The alarm
has clearly been sounded, but who is to respond and where to begin?

Gregory T. Wilson, D.O.
President

Admittedly, even early in my involvement with the Berks County Medical
Society, I had only the most basic working knowledge of the local and regional
political landscape. I have been fortunate to increase my understanding of public
policy by learning from several true experts in this arena, namely the senior
leadership of our society. However, most physicians simply do not have the time to
independently delve into the complex inner-workings of public health policy. This
was my motivation for coordinating with our Executive Director T.J. Huckleberry in
creating a program where interested physicians could increase their understanding of
local and state politics, particularly as it pertains to healthcare. This concept became
a reality in partnering with the Political Science Department of Kutztown University,
whose professors generously provided their time and expertise to our program. This
seven-lecture series became known as the BCMS Physician Advocacy Academy.
The Physician Advocacy Academy ran from September 15 through November
3rd, meeting weekly on the Reading Hospital campus. The first sessions reviewed
basic political structure akin to "civics 101" and discussed how public policy is
enacted and grassroots community activism was highlighted. Later sessions focused
on strategies for promoting agendas and working with various forms of media.
During the last meeting, participants were asked to select a healthcare topic and
defend their position during a mock interview session. The list of guest speakers
for the Academy included State Senator Judy Schwank, U.S. Congressman Ryan
Costello, and Larry Light, Sr. Vice President of Physician Advocacy & Political
Affairs for the PA Medical Society.
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