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MCMS Past President Richard P. Whittaker MD Passed Away

Dr. Whittaker, a longtime orthopedic surgeon and Pottstown Memorial Medical Center board member, passed away Feb. 27 at Seasons Hospice after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 75 years old. The Pottstown orthopedic surgeon was MCMS president in 2004 and once very active with the society and MCMS Board of Directors.

Dr. Charles Cutler knew Dr. Whittaker for many years and served with him on the MCMS board for several years. “He would get out of bed in the middle of the night for a patient and never think twice about it,” Cutler said. “He would go to the end of the earth to do the right thing for a patient. He loved being a surgeon and orthopedist. What a loss for the profession and for Pottstown.” Read more.

MCMS Hosts Dinner with Legislators May 23.

Join a delegation of physician leaders as they travel to Harrisburg to host a dinner with county legislators on May 23. Members are encouraged to take part in this informal, yet informative dinner with members from the Pennsylvania House and Senate. Contact MCMS executive director Toyca Williams to save your spot, montmedsoc@verizon.net.
Save the Date - Annual Tools for Success Medical Practice Management Conference in Villanova

The 11th Annual Tools for Success Medical Practice Management Conference is set for April 27-28, Villanova Conference Center, 601 County Line Road, Radnor. There will be an evening program on April 27 and a full day conference April 28. If you want a particular topic covered, please send suggestions to MCMS Executive Director Toyca Williams, montmedsoc@verizon.net. More details to come.
Physicians Say Advocacy Not an Option for Good Patient Care

Join your colleagues for good food and fellowship at the 2016 MCMS Annual Membership Dinner and Installation Tuesday, June 7, William Penn Inn, Route 202 and Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd.

Jay A. Rothkopf, MD will be installed as the new president, and MCMS will honor 9 physicians who have practiced medicine for 50 years. The
honorees are Randall W. Bell MD, FACS; Richard J. Carella, MD; Albert T. Derivan, MD; Anthony J. Fugaro, DO; Jack Lebeau, MD; Ronald Liebman, MD; Arthur B. Lintgen, MD; Stephen Pripstein, MD; and Eli W. Zucker, MD.

Dr. John Eck and Dr. Alieta Eck will share how their political advocacy may change the face of medicine for physicians and their patients in New Jersey. Frustrated by the inadequacy of New Jersey’s health insurance system, Drs. Eck founded the Zarephath Free Clinic. The center gives physicians an opportunity to revert back to the old model of donating time each month to care for the poor and uninsured. Watch the mail for your invitation.
Go the Extra Mile for Someone Deserving!

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is now accepting nominations for the following 2016 Awards: 
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • International Voluntary Service Award
  • Grant for Healthy Living in Ethnic Communities ($5,000)
To learn more about these awards, or to nominate a colleague or non-profit organization, visit  www.pamedsoc.org/awards.
Find Solutions to Practice Challenges at PAMED's Spring Practice Manager Meetings

Every day, practice managers tell us they’re frustrated by decreasing reimbursement, complex regulations, and hassles with insurers and the government.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED’s) popular spring and fall practice manager meetings offer the cure for those frustrations. You’ll hear important updates, get advice, and share and network with colleagues. Registration is now open for our spring meetings, which offer live and virtual options. These meetings are free to PAMED members. Read more.
Physicians Volunteers Needed at Local Medical Clinic
 

The Clinic in Phoenixville, a nonprofit medical clinic that provides primary and specialty care to the uninsured and underserved, needs primary care physicians to volunteer Monday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday morning and afternoon shifts. The Clinic receives no government funding and operates solely on private donations and grants. The Clinic serves 34 townships/municipalities in Montgomery and Chester counties. For more information, please email George Spyropoulos, DO at DrSpyropoulos@theclinicpa.org or call the volunteer coordinator at (610) 935-1134 ext. 33.
Primary Care Physician Shares Through Music and Comedy How Dysfunctional the Health Care System Has Become 

You may have heard of ZDoggMD—the rapping doctor whose parody music videos on medical topics like electronic health records (EHR), re-admission and sepsis have acquired millions of views. But who is the physician behind the persona?

Primary care physician Michael Rakotz, MD, director of chronic disease prevention with the AMA’s Improving Health Outcomes initiative, sat down with Zubin Damania, MD, to talk about burnout, discuss EHRs and find out how he came to be the YouTube rapping sensation ZDoggMD. Read the interview and watch the videos.
 
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