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c o M Pa s s P o i n t s

I Was Wrong
T.J. Huckleberry, MPA
Executive Director

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youth soccer, college football, and the current state of rock and roll.
The conversations were as diverse as the doctors involved. Residents
and retirees, employed and private, male and female, early career and
Department Chairs, were all there having a good time.

You see, as I review the dozen or so Compass Points articles that
I have written, there is a glaring miscalculation found in my very
second article entitled "Requiem for the Pancake Social" written in
the Fall of 2015. In its opening paragraph I state:

So while I stand by my "Pancake Social" statement, let me offer
this addendum: I believe we all can agree that public interaction and
fellowship have taken a backseat to our Netflix queue and Amazon
wishlists...But as a Society, we must do all that we can for both our
members and our patients to change this. There is value in collegiality
and stepping away from the everyday apparatus.

hey say it takes a "big man" to accept when he is wrong.
That it takes a person of unimpeachable integrity and
unquestionable ethics to see his error and vow to make
amends. Friends, I say to you that during this Holiday season, where
forgiveness and good will are on the lips of every man, woman and
child ....... that I am not that man. But at least I can admit it!

"I am going to level with you the days of the pancake social are
over. A quarterly meeting and a parade float are simply not enough
to sustain a meaningful professional society. I believe we all can agree
that public interaction and fellowship have taken a backseat to our
Netflix queue and Amazon wishlists. We are living in a world where it
is increasingly easier to remain isolated in lieu of joining. As a whole, it
has affected professional societies throughout the country and attracting
and retaining young members has become increasingly difficult. Simply
put, professionals need more, quickly, with little to no hassle and less
commitment."
As I stand here almost five years later, I still agree with the whole
of that statement. I am happy to say that we have made some great
strides towards accommodating and creating value for our memberphysicians. Where I was misled-to no fault of my own-was in the
assessment of socials.
Interaction and fellowship HAS taken a backseat to technology,
but that only means we should be providing more opportunities
to create much-needed collegiality events - events that foster
discussion amongst peers, networking, and a safe place to unwind
with colleagues. Investing in these types of events brings value to the
Society.
This fall we held our first annual Doctoberfest at Sly Fox Brewery.
It was a complete success. I watched over eighty physician members
having a great time while enjoying some good food and some really
good beer. As I bobbed in and out of conversations I overheard
discussions on politics, health policies, HIPAA-appropriate shop talk,
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Moving forward, our Society will continue to provide these
opportunities to members on a quarterly basis. IF you would like
more information, have suggestions on possible venues, or would
like to sponsor an event, please do not hesitate to contact me or our
leadership.
Another important step towards "stepping away from the
everyday apparatus" is our Nature Rx program, a new partnership
with Berks Nature starting in 2020. I would encourage all of you to
read the feature article Did You Get Outside Today? that introduces
this exciting new program. Physicians and public alike, I would
encourage you to take advantage of this important, health-promoting
program. Berks County is truly an untapped resource in terms of
outdoor recreation, and we all desperately need to unplug and get
outside to utilize all the benefits our parks and hiking and biking
trails have to offer throughout the year.
I can not emphasize enough how proud I am to be a part of the
Berks County Medical Society and to be serving and working with
our physician leaders. Every year we are striving to meet the needs
of all Berks County physicians. And every year our Society finds
a way to adapt and improve on our 195 years of leadership. 2019
was no exception. While some might say I missed the mark /was
grossly incompetent/needed more time to correctly evaluate the
value in socials, I am truly excited to see what 2020 has to offer our
membership and our community.
Thank you and looking forward to further building BCMS in the
new decade!


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