It is my privilege and honor to be your president and represent Hyperbaric Physicians in United States of America.
I take on this role of the ACHM President at a time when physicians are facing unprecedented challenges. These challenges also bring opportunities to shape the best health care for our patients lead by the physicians. Physician leadership is a must as health care evolves in the next century. Our patient’s expect us to take leadership and wants us to be in charge.
I recently got invited to speak at the Optimistic Club’s international meeting in San Antonio. I was very impressed by their message on optimism, which I would like to share with you as ACHM start’s New Year 2017 with new board of directors.
“The Optimist Creed”
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
After I reflected back on my presentation, after meeting some extraordinary optimistic people at the Club, and after reading the book “Adversity to Success” by Ron Graves and Ron Palermo, I felt that if all hyperbaric physicians, nurse practitioners, Physician assistants, hyperbaric nurses and hyperbaric technicians combined this positive world view with determination, persistence and a work ethic, then we can overcome all adversities in practicing hyperbaric medicine and we can work together to “achieve the extraordinary.”
Let us work together for our specialty and remember a quote from Benjamin Franklin:
“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately”
Wishing you a WOUNDerful Hyperbaric year in 2017!
Dr. Jayesh Shah