Issue 6 – January 2015

Roger Ray, MD

A Message from Roger Ray, MD, EVP, CPE

I recently came across a quote by Greek philosopher Epicurus:

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”

I think about where we are today in medicine, and how one can apply such wisdom to not only our personal lives, but our work lives, as well.

First, I believe there are times when a bit of courage is required by physicians, given how our field has been radically altered over the past few years. I know it has not been easy, as most of us have had to adapt to changes at an unprecedented pace. I find that a basic element to navigating these changes is effective professional relationship development. These effective relationships – those that are bidirectional, and not one-sided–  are some of the keys to our adaptation if we are to truly collaborate and thrive as a unified medical community on behalf of our patients.

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Physician in the Spotlight

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