FOR RELEASE: August 31, 2017
CONTACT: Chuck Moran, Pennsylvania Medical Society, (717) 558-7820
"Docs on Call" public service TV program returns to Philadelphia
PA Medical Society and CBS 3 partner to link viewers with physicians on Sept. 6
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is partnering with CBS 3 and Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl to hold its "Docs on Call" public service program to assist area residents with health care needs. The phone bank will air on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with PAMED member physicians answering questions from CBS 3 viewers and discussing their medical concerns.
Viewers will be able to call and speak with physicians anonymously at no charge by calling the phone number that will be announced during CBS 3's news broadcasts from 5 to 7 p.m. "Docs on Call" can be especially valuable to people with limited access to health care and who could benefit from talking with a physician. The phone bank will also feature PAMED physicians being interviewed on current health care topics.
PAMED's last "Docs on Call" broadcast in Philadelphia aired on CBS 3 in 2014, resulting in 350 calls from television viewers asking about a wide range of health issues.
"Docs on Call is a way for our viewers to explore a health concern in the privacy and convenience of their homes," says Stahl. "We're happy to be able to arrange this opportunity again thanks to the doctors who so generously donate their time to provide this public service." Dr. Rob Danoff , a family physician who appears regularly on CBS 3's Eyewitness News This Morning, will also join Stahl for "Docs on Call."
The physician volunteers provide information to callers and guide them in getting medical care to help them. Callers' questions tend to range from information about free and low-cost clinics to advice on getting treatment for specific medical complaints. PAMED does not intend that the brief phone sessions replace office visits, and physicians will not be able to diagnose conditions or prescribe treatments over the phone.
"Our 'Docs on Call' program lets us engage in brief, one-on-one conversations with people who have health concerns, some of whom may rarely see a physician. With this special program, we're able to assist them with getting the care they may need," said Charles Cutler, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. "Our member physicians are strong advocates for patient care and protectors of public health, not just for their own patients but for the general public as well."
Local physician members of the Pennsylvania Medical Society who are volunteering for "Doctors on Call" this year are:
Montgomery County Medical Society
Ronald Anderson, MD; Corinna Bowser, MD; Charles Cutler, MD; Michael Feinberg, MD, PhD; Kimberly Jones, MD; Mark Lopatin, MD; Jay Rothkopf, MD; Jill Schneider, MD; David Smoger, MD
Philadelphia County Medical Society
Theodore Christopher, MD; Corina Graziani, MD; Henry Lin, MD; Andrew Roberts, MD
Delaware County Medical Society
Aviva Fohrer, MD
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Medical Society, visit its web site at www.pamedsoc.org. Or follow the organization on Twitter @PAMEDSociety. The president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society can be followed via @PAMEDPrez. Members of the media are encouraged to also follow @ChuckMoran7.
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