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President's message

Speech delivered at the
BCMS Installation Brunch
March 12, 2017
Gregory T. Wilson, D.O.


hank you again and I am very
excited and honored to be inducted
as the 169th president of the Berks
County Medical Society, particularly in the
company of such great people - people who
have been my mentors since early in my
medical career. I especially want to thank
Drs. Kimball, Baxter, and Truex, just to
name a few, for their years of guidance and
commitment to "leading by example."
It is also a privilege to follow the
outstanding leadership of Dr. Waxler,
who has continued to advance the ideals
of the medical society. I look forward to
continuing his efforts on policies that affect
physicians in our county and across the
region and make our BCMS a body that
physicians see as relevant and important
to their practice. We need his on-going
experience and energy in physician
advocacy at the local and state level.
I'm fortunate to consider many in this
room friends, but I want to give those
who might not know me a little more
of my background. Without question,
I am a product of Berks County. I am a
proud graduate of Governor Mifflin and
Penn State University, where inspirational
biology teachers sparked my interest for a
career in medicine. This continued with
my volunteering at Reading Hospital for
several summers, where I enjoyed working
with the staff and patients. I attended
the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine before serving my internship
and residency at Reading Hospital. I
enjoyed cardiology throughout my medical
education, which prompted me to pursue
fellowship training in cardiology. My
family and I headed west for my cardiology




training in Ft. Worth, Texas where we took
a leap of faith, made great friends, and
bought legitimate cowboy boots. We then
proved that you can go home again, as
we returned to Reading to start my career
in cardiology in 2008 with Cardiology
Associates - now RHPN Cardiology. It
truly is a blessing to have an opportunity
to return and serve the community that has
given me so much.
I am blessed by Allison, my wonderful
wife of 18 years (who is also a Berks native),
and our three fantastic kids: Asa, Ashton,
and Annika. Thank you so much for your
patience and support. Also, I am very lucky
to have great parents who always encourage
me to give my best.
Needless to say, I am truly excited to be
here today. When I was asked to consider
serving as president of the Medical Society,
I looked back on the last few years of my
involvement and I realized how much
work and positive change has occurred
under the great leadership that has come
before me. I have big shoes to fill and I
am proud to be part of one of the most
active medical societies in the state. I look
around the room and I feel confident that
we can continue our many great programs,
resident events, educational opportunities,
and collegiality events that have been so
successful over time. However, I think
we all recognize that there are significant
challenges that face our community,
medical society and medical practice. To
name only a few. . .
There is serious work that needs to
continue with the Opioid Crisis. Along
with other groups in our county, the
Medical Society has taken a central role in

combating opioid addiction, including the
organization of a Drug Take-Back Event
and the on-going efforts of our colleagues
who specialize in pain management and
those helping patients in their battle with
Our Society will also need to continue
to be advocates for our patients as ongoing
budget cuts threaten institutions and
programs that many of our patients have
counted on to provide medical care, i.e.
the closing of the Hamburg Center and
restructuring of Medical Assistance.
Our Society needs to continue to
foster physician collegiality and active
involvement of new physicians in our area,
and make clear the relevance and role of
the Medical Society in the midst of shifting
priorities, budget cuts, and physician
employment. Apathy is not a stance that
our newer physicians should take in the
changing health care world. If we don't
make the changes, someone will make them
for us. I know many new physicians may
ask: Why should I care about the BCMS?
What does the Society really do? Or worse,
what is the BCMS?
Therefore, a main focus of my 2-year
term will be to revitalize the relevance
of our Medical Society to the younger
physicians of our county.
The involvement of younger
physicians in our organization is critical
for not only sustaining our current
endeavors, but necessary for growth
development of new ways to meet
the needs of our members and our
community. As outlined in a previous
issue of the Medical Record, we have
elected to pursue 2-year terms for


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