Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013
News for Senior and Retired Physicians
Retired anesthesiologist wins Jack B. McConnell, MD, volunteerism award
Matthew Mandel, MD (left), a retired anesthesiologist from Stockbridge, Mass., who helped establish a free health care clinic for uninsured and low-income residents, is the recipient of this year's Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award for Excellence in Volunteerism.
Dr. Mandel is vice chair and a founding member of Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, an organization that has served nearly 2,000 patients and logged more than 15,000 office visits since its founding in 2004. He has recruited 55 volunteer physicians and other clinical providers—both active and retired—to provide services at the clinic.
Dr. Mandel's ongoing recruiting of off-site specialists has resulted in a network of 18 specialists who oversee Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires patients on a referral basis and at no charge. More than 400 patients have received free specialist referrals.
The McConnell award is one of the AMA Foundation's annual Excellence in Medicine Awards, which are presented in association with Pfizer Inc. Dr. Mandel will receive the award Feb. 11 during this year's Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., which will take place as part of the AMA National Advocacy Conference.
Seats at the Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner are $125. If you'll be at this year's National Advocacy Conference, be sure to attend the Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner.
Looking for a senior physicians group in your area? The AMA can help
Did you know the AMA Senior Physicians Section has a listing of national, state and specialty senior groups across the country? The network has grown to almost 50 senior physician groups, representing more than 6,000 senior physicians. These groups help to expand the AMA's base and strengthen the voice of senior physicians nationwide.
If you are involved in or aware of a senior physicians group not listed in the AMA's network, email Alice Reed of the AMA.