Berkshire District Medical Society

Berkshire District Medical Society Officers 2017-2018

President: Basil Michaels, M.D.  
Vice President: Michael Kaplan, M.D.
Secretary: Matt Mandel, MD
Treasurer: Herbert Gregg, M.D.

Contact Information

E-mail: berkshire@massmed.org
Mailing Address:
85 Post Office Park, Suite 8518
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Phone: (800) 522-3112 or (413) 596-9231
Fax: (413) 596-9901

District Event/Activity Contact: MMS West Central Regional Office, 800-522-3112

Berkshire District News

Dr. Linda F. SmothersBerkshire Health Systems physician Linda F. Smothers, M.D. has been honored by her physician peers of the Berkshire District Medical Society as the district’s 2017 Community Clinician of the Year.

Read the news release



High School Doctor for a Day
Berkshire holds an annual High School Doctor for a Day program designed to provide a mentoring experience for serious high school juniors or seniors. The program assists young people who have expressed an interest in the field of medicine to have hands-on experience in the complex health care environment.

Medical School Scholarship Loan
A scholarship loan of $1,000 per year for medical students who are residents of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, was established in September 1961 when the members approved of a yearly assessment to fund the program. The amount was increased to $1,500 in 1974, and in recent years up to $5,000 has been awarded.

Scholarships require that recipients be bona fide residents of Berkshire County already accepted at an approved medical school in the United States or Canada. Funds will be paid directly to the school of choice.

The award, known as the Berkshire District Medical Society Revolving Scholarship Loan, was established on a revolving basis so that the repaid funds would help as many medical students as possible. Recipients sign agreements pledging to begin repayment of the scholarship loan--unsecured and bearing no interest--the year of graduation, half of the amount to be repaid in four years and the balance in two additional years. This is regarded as a moral obligation and is treated as a contribution to provide more scholarships in the future. Recipients are asked to consider serving residencies in Berkshire County hospitals.

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Scholarship requests should be directed to c/o Susan Poulin, Berkshire District Scholarship Administrator, 20 Walnut Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

VIM Berkshires
VIM Berkshires is the result of a shared dream on the part of many individuals who live in the southern Berkshires: opening a free healthcare clinic to serve the thousands of people living in the southern Berkshire area and adjacent towns in New York and Connecticut who work without employer-provided health insurance, who do not qualify for governmental assistance programs and who are not financially able to purchase individual healthcare. Group leaders visited the Cape May Courthouse, NJ, West Chester, PA, and Red Bank, NJ Volunteers in Medicine clinics as well as other free clinics in the Northeast. They became convinced that a volunteer clinic in the southern Berkshires was crucial to closing some of the healthcare gaps facing our community.  For more information please visit the website: www.vimberkshires.org

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