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PCMS events

Campaign to Preserve
the Practice of Medicine

PCMS 2017 Upcoming
Events and Program
OCTOBER 2017
14-15 Pennsylvania Medical Society(PAMED)
House of Delegates & Annual Educational Conference
at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA
19

PCMS Executive Committee meeting 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

NOVEMBER 2017
1

Employment Contract Review Program 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

6

Women Physician Forum & Social 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

16

PCMS Executive Committee meeting 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

17

President's All Member Reception in honor of PAMED
President Theodore Christopher, MD 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Why am I
a PCMS member?

DECEMBER 2017
7

PCMS Board of Directors meeting 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM

Wellness Corner

PINK EYE
By: James L. Cristol, MD

Classic Pink Eye is medically known as Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC). It is a viral
infection of the eye caused by Adenovirus 8, and
involves the cornea as well as the conjunctiva. It
is highly contagious and is usually communicated
by touch, fecal-oral transmission, and by inadequately chlorinated
swimming pools. Hand-to-hand transmission is most common.
The patient complains of itching, tearing and burning eyes... and,
more importantly, a foreign body sensation, indicating corneal
involvement. Preauricular nodes are often palpated.
Vision loss is a very rare complication, but referral to an
ophthalmologist is prudent in order to confirm diagnosis, and to
rule out herpetic disease. The associated biomicroscopic changes
can be pathognemonic. Treatment is for comfort only, as the
condition will run its course and resolve in 2-3 weeks, however,
the patient should be followed every 4 months for 2 years to guard
against localized patches of corneal opacification. The virus can
be shed from eye to hand for up to 10 days in 50% of patients,
and, in rare cases, up to two years.*

As an independent physician, I am always mindful of the
increasing regulations imposed upon health care providers,
and the associated expense, technology and education
demands placed upon us to meet these ever-growing
mandates. Left to our own devices, these impediments could
literally put the independent physician out of business. My
PCMS membership keeps me at the forefront of change.
The benefits I derive from membership include expert
assistance navigating the many changes, such as electronic
medical records, credentialing, clinical autonomy and
telemedicine, that have affected our ability to simply
practice medicine, and fellowship with my peers who are
experiencing the same challenges.
If you're not a member, my fellow members of the
PCMS and I urge you to support the rights to independent
practice and preserve the practice of medicine through your
membership in PCMS.

Join us at the Philadelphia County Medical
Society today by calling 215-563-5343, x 101
or join online at PhilaMedSoc.org.
Sincerely,
Harvey B. Lefton, MD, FACP, FACG
Gastrointestinal Specialists

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