The inaugural PCMS Free Collegial Social in partnership with TRA Medical Imaging was conducted at the TRA Lounge on Mildred Street in Tacoma on the evening of April 25.
The event was another offering by the Society targeted to provide members with an opportunity to visit with each other at a time when physicians are noting that they often feel isolated from each other. There was no charge to attend. A dinner buffet from Olive Garden featuring plenty of salad, pastas, sauces, meatballs, chicken, Italian sausage, breadsticks, and desserts was served along with fine wines, beer, and soft drinks.
PCMS Executive Director Bruce Ehrle and TRA CEO Chris Coates welcomed attendees. Because in addition to Collegiality, Practice Success/Education is one of the Society's four main goals (along with Advocacy and Community Engagement), there was a brief clinical education offering during the event. PCMS Member Wei-Shin Wang, MD, TRA Medical Imaging Radiologist and Medical Director of the Carol Milgard Breast Center, updated attendees about the new State of Washington breast density notification rules. He also outlined options and best practices for breast imaging. Additionally, he reviewed cancer risk factors related to breast density.
Most of the two-hour event though was dedicated to allowing physicians and PAs to catch up with each other in a relaxed setting that not only included the buffet, bar area, and lounge, but also an adjacent outdoor terrace to enjoy on a spring evening.
PCMS thanks TRA Medical Imaging for its partnership in this inaugural collegial social and other similar events moving forward.