Massachusetts Medical Society: Berkshire District Medical Society

Berkshire District Medical Society

Berkshire District Medical Society Officers 2021-2022

President: Michael Kaplan, M.D.
Vice President: Erwin Stuebner Jr., M.D.
Secretary: Matt Mandel, M.D.
Treasurer: Everett Lamm, M.D.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1092
Wilbraham, MA 01095-7092          
Phone: (800) 522-3112 or (413) 596-9231
Fax: (781) 464-4806

District Event/Activity Contact: MMS West Central Region, (800) 522-3112

Berkshire District News

Dr. John Burnham honored as the Berkshire District Medical Society Community Clinician of the Year

John Burnham

Dr. John Burnham, a retired internal medicine physician who served 33 years in the US Army Medical Corps, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel, has been selected by the Berkshire District Medical Society as its 2021 Community Clinician of the Year, an award recognizing his professionalism and contributions as a physician.

Raised in Berkshire County, Burnham graduated from Colby College, studied pre-med at Boston University and graduated from medical school in Tampico, Mexico before completing a fifth pathway year at the University of Massachusetts and Berkshire Medical Center.

Upon completion of a residency in internal medicine at Berkshire Medical Center Burnham and his friend, Dr. Thomas Vaughan founded Dalton Medical Associates, where they practiced together for 35 years. Burnham is a past president of the Berkshire District Medical Society and is an active member of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

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.

Event Monday, February 26, 2018

Medical School or School of Osteopathic Medicine 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 of the Berkshire District Medical Society approved of a yearly assessment to fund the program. The amount was increased to $1,500 in 1974 and then increased to $5,000. On March 31, 2021, it was voted to increase the amount to be awarded up to $10,000.

In addition, it was voted that if the awardee returns to Berkshire County to practice as a primary physician and stays for 3 years, 1/3 of the loan would be forgiven each year the awardee practices in Berkshire County.

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 the year of graduation, with 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.


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:

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