The 2018 PCMS & WAFP Pierce County Chapter Membership Picnic and Medical Resident Social was held on the evening of Thursday, August 16. The weather cooperated perfectly for the event at the Pagoda in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma with clear skies and moderate temperatures.
The event provided another opportunity for physicians who are noted in recent national media coverage as feeling increasingly isolated from their patients and each other to share collegiality in an informal atmosphere sponsored by their local membership organizations.
Attendees, especially the medical resident guests of honor, enjoyed a full barbeque buffet that included beef brisket, chicken, and ribs plus corn, cornbread, slaw, potato salad, mac and cheese, and watermelon. Four types of pie were served for dessert.
A raffle drawing was held for the residents and three of them went home with a double gift card set to Farrelli's Pizza and Cinemark Theaters with the idea of giving them a night out at Point Ruston to enjoy by the water.
During his brief welcoming remarks, PCMS Executive Director Bruce Ehrle noted a couple of the Society's advocacy items of special interest to early career physicians, especially those entering primary care and family practice--debt relief through grants or payback programs tied to income levels with incentives for going in to family medicine and continued reduction of administrative burden on physicians. He said that a response on the second issue from policymakers is the upcoming change as of January 1 to E&M visit documentation requirements from CMS. Bruce encouraged the residents to remain in Pierce County to practice and to be active members in their local membership organizations. Stepping away from medical matters, as a native of the Detroit area he closed his remarks with words of tribute to Aretha Franklin.