Luncheon Meetings 

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General information

RPA luncheons usually occur on the first Saturday of February, August, and November, and the first or second Saturday of May, at rotating locations. Upcoming dates will appear below when announced. Online reservations become available approximately one month prior to the event. If you have questions or comments about the luncheons, please direct them to Ron Bachman - <rpbwow@gmail.com>.

Upcoming meetings are -

  • Oct 26, 2019 —Boundary Oak -- no speaker yet

  • Feb 1 2020 - Sequoyah Country Club -- MARK YOUR CALENDARS! - Astronaut Jeff Hoffman, brother of RPA member Robert Hoffman, will discuss highlights from his career!

Next meeting

Saturday, October 26, 2019  

Location: Boundry Oak           

Social hour:  11:30 AM       
Lunch: 12:15 PM
Speaker: 1:00 PM    

Topic: To be announced.

Speaker: To be announced.


Menu:

  1. To be announced.


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Retired Physicians’ Association of TPMG      

4247 Piedmont Ave., Oakland 94611

But if it's just a few days before the luncheon, don't use postal mail - we may not get it in time. Instead, contact Ron Bachman directly regarding availability by email: <rpbwow@gmail.com> or phone: 510-350-7349.

Map and directions: Click on marker in interactive map below for more detail and directions:





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Gerald (Gerry) Bourne

Last meeting - August 3, 2019

Topic: Clinical Opportunities for Retired Physicians

Our August luncheon presentation at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco focused on part time clinical opportunities for retired physicians. Moderated by Gerald Bourne, MD, the large gathering heard from a panel of four fellow TPMG retirees about the rewarding work each has found after retirement.

Debra Cohen, MD, gave a history of her volunteer work in developing countries with several organizations. She then focused on her work with the MAVEN (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network) Project which connects seasoned clinicians, through telemedicine, with doctors and nurse practitioners in Federal Qualified Health Clinics across the country. The volunteer clinicians offer advisory consults, education and mentoring. Volunteers work from home and work a minimum of four hours per month. Visit https://www.mavenproject.org/.

Howard Kleckner, MD, spoke about thesecondopinion, a volunteer service that allows cancer patients to have a group of four to seven board certified specialists review their medical records, images and pathology and meet with the group to answer questions about the diagnosis and possible treatment options. About 70 physicians participate, with approximately 40% of them retired from TPMG. Groups meet weekly, and the service is free to the patients. Learn more at https://thesecondopinion.org/.

Art Bakal, MD, discussed the Encore Physicians Program, an organization that matches retired physicians to rewarding clinical roles in community health centers in Alameda, Contra Costa and the North Bay counties. The physicians are paid a stipend to provide direct patient care as well as mentoring younger physicians. Check out https://encore.org/encore-physicians-program/.

Last but not least, Gail Wagner, MD, told us about her volunteer work in Kenya with the Tiba Foundation, a comprehensive community health care system caring for about 250,000 people, built literally from scratch in partnership with the local people and the Kenyan government. Tiba Foundation is now looking for volunteers interested in helping teach clinicians in the clinics and nursing school in Kenya. See http://www.tibafoundation.org/.

All the participants in the panel share a deep passion for the work these organizations perform. They believe that TPMG retirees possess an enormous amount of knowledge, skills and experience that can serve people in need while providing an opportunity for personally rewarding work as long as one desires. Dr. Bourne hopes to work with the Retired Physicians Association to enhance the Opportunities Overview page of our website so that it can be a robust repository for clinical and non clinical volunteer opportunities. Ultimately, he hopes these opportunities will be provided to late career TPMG Physicians to enhance retirement planning. The current Opportunities Overview page can be found at https://www.retiredphysiciansassn.org/overviewopportunities.

The presentation concluded with a brief question and answer period.


Scroll through the pictures. We hope some of you will take pictures at future events - send them to ken.berniker@gmail.com  

Pictures here by Art Levit and Ken Berniker