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President's Message

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Michael L. Haas, MD
President

t has certainly been a remarkable ending to 2020. Between the election and the pandemic, news at
the national and international levels have dominated.

As 2021 enters and vaccinations start to be widely distributed, it is time to ensure that we refocus
upon local and regional issues of concern to physicians. The Berks County Medical Society is looking
forward to reinitiating in-person events as soon as appropriate. We aim to address each of our 4 compass
points along the way-Advocacy, Professionalism, Education, and Collegiality, all of which were in
some way affected during this most unusual of years. Your active membership is vital to the continued
investment in the health of Berks County citizens and Berks County physicians.
The Berks County Medical Society is looking forward to the many opportunities that Drexel
University College of Medicine at Tower Health will bring to our already robust medical community. In
addition to active participation from physician educators new to our community, there are numerous
opportunities for physicians in training at the student and resident/fellow levels. Active participation
in county medical society leadership may serve as a springboard to leadership in the regional, state, and
national levels.
As we prepare for increased medical education in our community, we are excited about one of our
newest endeavors. BCMS is in the process of initiating educational opportunities for students in Berks
County to encourage them to more strongly consider careers in medicine. We will be focusing upon
the underserved population, which of course is underrepresented among medical professionals. We are
hopeful that physicians who identify with such underrepresented groups will play an especially vital
role in our efforts to encourage and support youth interested in medicine. I urge both current and new
BCMS members who fit this description to contact BCMS leadership and get involved in this timely and
important project.
Nearly all physicians have funds set aside for society memberships and continuing medical
education (CME). Employed physicians must use these funds for approved purposes. Most of us
were unable to use these funds during 2020 as most conferences were canceled and others were
virtual, substantially reducing cost. Please consider using a portion of these available funds to
join your Berks County Medical Society and support the growth of these important community
initiatives! You will not regret it.
BCMS is planning on bringing back several of our seminal events in 2021. Some events may be
deferred until later in the year as needed. Our extremely successful drug takeback event is tentatively
scheduled for April. We recover and arrange for proper disposal of hundreds of pounds of medication,
including unused narcotics, which pose a particular risk when present in households. Hopefully, the
Fightin' Phils are back in action and we can once again offer baseball tickets with each drug dropoff.
The Residents' Day in May offers trainees from both Tower and Penn State systems the opportunity to
present original research to the BCMS membership. The accompanying Memorial Lecture is always
well-received.
We are truly hopeful that we will be able to hold several social events throughout the year. The
sooner the better! We ALL can use the healing power of true social interaction outside of the stresses of
daily practice. Mixers in 2019 were well attended and appreciated by participants. The Legislative Social

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