A few weeks ago, I was sharing a podium with someone whom I thought I knew. A famous spiritual leader, a “Rabbi”, was giving a talk on peaceful coexistence. We stared at each other and kept on looking towards each other and suddenly the wife of Rabbi spoke to me in excitement, “Oh Dr. Shah! You saved my husband’s life.”
I vividly remember this patient who had a rare condition, Takayashu cardiomyopathy, who ended up with cardiac arrest in my office for 15 long minutes. Code lasted for more than 15 minutes, about 5 min of flat line and he came back. I treated him for necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh eating bacteria. Five years later, the patient and family still remember me and I still remember that miracle, truly a God’s gift of life.
I am not unique. Every physician member of our society would have similar stories to share. Such compelling stories get engraved in our patient’s mind throughout their life. Such compelling stories define who we are – physicians. Despite the unprecedented challenges physicians face in running their practices, their commitment and dedication to their patients remains strong.
The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine is a professional society dedicated to appropriate utilization, standards of care, education, training, certification, and recognition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a distinct medical specialty.
The ACHM board members are committed in the field of hyperbaric medicine who are volunteering their time so we can continue to address all challenges collectively that we face as a hyperbaric clinicians.
Dr. Jayesh (Jay) Shah