“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” —Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” —Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

I recently took in the movie “Hacksaw Ridge” with my wife. Starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Mel Gibson, the movie dramatizes the heroics of Cpl. Desmond Thomas Doss (1919-2006), who served as a combat medic with the 77th Infantry Division in the Pacific theater of World War II, despite being a conscientious objector who refused to carry a weapon in combat.

“The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.” Hippocrates (c. 460- c. 370 BC)

“The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.” Hippocrates (c. 460- c. 370 BC)

The classical Greek physician Hippocrates is considered the father of modern medicine and is credited for believing that disease was caused naturally and not due to supernatural forces or the gods. With this idea, medicine as a body of knowledge began its journey into the realm of science and the scientific method to drive medical understanding and therapeutic practice.

Individual commitment to a group effort

Individual commitment to a group effort

The Maryland Governor’s Cup Yacht Race is the oldest and longest distance overnight sailing race in Maryland. This year marked the 43rd running of the race, traditionally held over the first weekend of August.

Life Moves Pretty Fast

Life Moves Pretty Fast

If you don’t stop and look once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Beuller.
I have commented numerous times within this column on the daily stressors that federal medicine providers face within our large health system.

Clearly there are always unintended consequences

Clearly there are always unintended consequences

…of any legislative or regulatory act that’s taken in the heat of battle.” Richard “Dick” Grasso was chairman and chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange from 1995 to 2003 and is credited for his efforts to restart the Exchange following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders

Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”               — Tom PetersI have been ruminating for the past few months over the bureaucracy of federal medicine and the importance of selfless service to our veterans and their families. Occasionally, a...

There is no higher religion than human service

There is no higher religion than human service

To work for the common good is the greatest creed. — Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
Government service can be extremely trying at times. Last month, I touched on the difficulties of surviving the bureaucracy to which we submit ourselves each week in the care of our servicemembers and their families.

These walls are funny

These walls are funny

Occasionally, there is a movie that just seems to resonate with many groups and situations. The 1994 movie “The Shawshank Redemption,” directed by Frank Darabout was certainly one of those movies. It was, and remains, common for myself and work colleagues to refer to being “Shawshanked” whenever we are confronted with laborious federal bureaucratic rules that are ubiquitously enforced with little apparent forethought or purpose.

Doctors are Human Animals

Doctors are Human Animals

They want to be loved, they are tribal, they instinctually favor stories over scientific evidence, they make mistakes, and even small gifts make them susceptible to being biased. If we took doctors seriously as human animals, we might hurt them — and they might hurt us – a lot less.

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