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"Docs on call"

"Docs on Call"

PCMS Members Offer Some
Timely Advice on TV Show
By: Mark Austerberry, PCMS Executive Director

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wo-hundred Philadelphia area residents called and spoke with physician
volunteers from the Philadelphia County Medical Society on Sept. 6
during the "Docs on Call" TV broadcast. The Pennsylvania Medical
Society partnered with the surrounding county medical societies and CBS 3
to bring the public health program to area TV news viewers.

Dr. Ted Christopher directs a caller lacking health insurance
to a low-cost clinic

PCMS physicians talked one-on-one with callers ranging in age from
12 to 99 from throughout the viewing area. The most popular topic
of the calls was pain (orthopedic and other), followed by gastrointestinal, kidney, pulmonary, skin, cancer, flu, neurology and urology conce
rns.
The physician volunteers, all members of the Montgomery and Philadelphia
county medical societies, provided health care information to callers and guided
them to seek medical care if needed. For callers lacking medical insurance or
health care access, the doctors directed them to area low-cost clinics to meet
their needs.
CBS 3 health reporter Stephanie Stahl hosted the program and interviewed
Charles Cutler, MD, an internist in Norristown and PAMED president, and
Ted Christopher, MD, an emergency physician in Philadelphia and PAMED
president-elect.

CBS 3 health reporter Stephanie Stahl interviews Dr.
Christopher about the types of calls they have been receiving.

Area physician members of the Philadelphia County Medical Society who
volunteered for "Docs on Call" were: Ted Christopher, MD; Cadence Kim,
MD; and Andrew Roberts, MD. *

Dr. Andrew Roberts listens to a caller's flu question
during the "Docs on Call" TV broadcast at CBS 3
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Left to Right, front to back - Drs., Lopatin, Cutler, Bowers,
Smoger and Christopher talked one-on-one with callers



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