Other Volunteering and Activism
Other Fun Activities
Our members participate in a wide range of activities, both medical and non-medical, often as volunteers. Some we've highlighted in past issues of our newsletter as noted below. Members - we invite you to send in anything about one of your activities, as little as a single note or photo, or as much as a full story, and we'll be glad to include it. If nothing else, it's a great way to get some publicity for your organization.
RPA members have volunteered locally and around the world:
Debra Cohen has volunteered in multiple developing countries with several organizations. More recently she works 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/.
Gail Wagner has done volunteer work in Kenya with the Tiba Foundation, a comprehensive community health care system caring for about 250,000 people, which she helped build 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/.
Howard Kleckner is heavily involved with 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/.
Volunteer at Clinic by the Bay and San Francisco Free Clinic
He’s traveled at his own expense with medical teams — composed primarily of Christians and Muslims — to places such as Cameroon, Papua New Guinea, Jamaica, Bangladesh, and Turkey, He plans to serve in Vietnam, and hopes to continue this work as long as he is able.
She also teaches ob/gyn topics and skills to med students as part of the UCSF Volunteer Clinical Faculty AND serves with Health Volunteers Overseas. Jan is next scheduled for three weeks of clinical teaching at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Vietnam in 12/2018.
He's also published two historical novels and is working on his third, all centered in the Middle East, and founded a support group here for the families of children facing heart surgery..
Malaysia, Romania, Great Britain to the continent, the Middle East (Spring 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016).
He recommends the Tiba Foundation for its good work.
Bob has also been the co-ordinator for Health Volunteers Overseas https://hvousa.org/ in Bhutan.
He finds serving overseas very rewarding, despite the difficulties.
Dick also enjoys photography, takes classes at Santa Clara University, and writes poetry (Summer 2016).
He offers his suggestions without expecting compensation, but does own a very small share in the company as their medical advisor.
He also recommends Watsi as a nonprofit that provides medical services in the Third World. https://watsi.org
He hopes you'll consider volunteering with them www.rotacarebayarea.org/ or another local organization of any type.
Other Volunteering and Activism
He reported on this in the SF Medical Society Journal in 2013 -
and he blogs with recipes at kp.org/farmersmarketrecipes
He was instrumental in the effort to salvage items from the then newly decommissioned Oakland Medical Center, recovering material filling 42 pallets and 20 larger cardboard containers in less than two days. medshare.org
Bill's also traveled widely for bird watching. Golden Gate Raptor Observatory ggro.org for hawk watch info.
His pictures have appeared in numerous publications including this newsletter. See more at http://www.flickr.com/photos/henryimages/ http://www.henryimages.net/contacts-and-links.html and https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-henry-88b48312
He's also volunteering with Safe Time, a non-profit initiative to address homelessness in Contra Costa County. <safetimehost.org>
Other Fun Activities
He does outreach to retiring and already retired physicians, matches the physicians with the right clinics, and assures successful placements. The program is modeled on the successful Encore Fellowship program aimed at business people. Contact him at <email@example.com> if you or any of your colleagues are interested in the Encore Physician Program.
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.
Art Bakal participates in 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/.
Check the Notices page for news of coming performances.
The band includes a Wall 'o' Ukes (4 players), a fiddler, a mandolinist, and the Warden plays lap steel guitar with slide, washtub, or washboard. They won 3rd prize this year at the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, String Band Contest!
Miller has taken classes for several years with Suzy Thompson, who plays fiddle and sings like Ma Rainey. He calls her a treasure. She teaches fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele.
He's been on multiple overseas missions with them assisting in plastic surgery procedures.
Joe continues to donate and sell maps from his extensive collection. jhrantiquemaps@Yahoo.com
He's also been to New Zealand, Peru, Canada, and many parts of the US, among them.
The sculpture now stands at the entrance to the new Oakland Medical Center.
They perform major choral works with a full professional orchestra and soloists. Their gifted musical director is Ming Luke, see photo, Concerts are free. bcco.org