WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County Medical Society awarded scholarships to two West Chester University pre-med students at its Annual Physicians’ Dinner. Lucas Henke, a junior, is a Biochemistry major who has worked as a nursing assistant and clinical research associate. Ambereen Jan, MD, awarded Lucas the Mian Jan Scholarship. Evan Patrick, also a junior, is majoring in Chemistry and Biology. Patrick cofounded and is the current president of the West Chester University EMS club. Patrick received the Chester County Medical Society Scholarship.
Dr. David Bobman, President of the Chester County Medical Society, welcomed over 100 physicians and guests to the event, which took place at the Concord Country Club on Thursday, September 21, 2023. Guests included State Representatives Paul Friel (D-26), John Lawrence (R-13), and Danielle Friel-Otten (D-155), Chester County Commissioners Josh Maxwell and Marian Moskowitz, Chester County Controller Margaret Reif, Chester County Prothonotary Debbie Bookman, and County Health Director Jeanne Franklin.
The event’s keynote speaker was State Representative Arvind Venkat, M.D., the first Indian American elected to the state House and the first physician to serve in the General Assembly in nearly sixty years. Rep. Venkat serves the 30th Legislative District in western Pennsylvania. He spoke about his evolution from an emergency physician to the political arena, emphasizing the need for more physician input to political decision-making that affects all health care workers and patients.
Dr. F. Wilson Jackson, President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, echoed Rep. Venkat’s call for greater physician engagement with the county and state medical societies as the healthcare landscape continues to undergo drastic changes.
In closing the event, Dr. Bobman announced that the Chester County Medical Society is hosting a nonpartisan Commissioner Candidate Forum on October 12, 2023 for a discussion of healthcare issues that affect the county. The event is open to the public and further information is available on the Medical Society’s website at Chestercms.org.
Established in 1828, the Chester County Medical Society, founded by William Darlington, M.D., is thought to be the oldest county medical society in the State. The Medical Society is involved in all aspects of healthcare policy, practice, and education and serves to advance the health of the community and to protect and expand the healthcare resources available to its citizens in Pennsylvania.
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