How do you measure a year?
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year?”
My, how our city and the Clark County Medical Society has changed over the past year. On 1 October, a madman with an arsenal unleashed on a country music festival and many of you rushed to local hospitals, donned surgical gowns, gloves and masks and jumped in ready and willing to help save lives, even to help perform procedures or assist in ways you hadn’t done since residencies.
This is what doctors do -- they help, they care for others, and that is what you do. You care and you heal day in and day out. Thanks in large part to the heroic efforts of the medical community, first responders, and good Samaritans, our community rose to the occasion and came together as one. The medical response to that horrific incident changed the perception of the quality of medical care in our community and finally squashed that old joke about going to McCarran for healthcare. So, thank you for what you did that Sunday night in October and for what you do every day to care for our community.
The other day I had the honor of attending the memorial service for CCMS Secretary Dr. Peter Mansky. I sat and listened to speaker after speaker who paid heartfelt emotional tributes to this great man, crediting him with saving their lives. Dr. Mansky was a physician, who with his family’s support, sacrificed an incredible amount so he could give so much to his patients and his community. I couldn’t help but wonder why we do funerals after people are gone and hoped, particularly in this case, that Dr. Mansky knew of the lives he impacted. I hoped that he was aware of the people saved and the legacy he left, and how grateful the people helped still are. Do doctors ever really know the impact they have on their patients lives? It seems to me, there is always time and money to travel for funerals but not enough to see relatives and loved ones across the miles. Maybe one day, we will honor our loved ones while they are still here.
As we move into the fall and we gear up for a busy season of programming for our members, know we do this for you in the hopes it offers meaning and value for you. We appreciate what you do for our community, our neighbors, and in some cases us and our families. In October we once again we will host our annual Youth MiniMED Internship, where highly qualified local high school students who are considering a career in medicine will get to “wear the white coat” and shadow CCMS physicians for a day. They will experience a day in the life in he day of a doctor in the hopes that they will choose not only to pursue a career in medicine, but to do so right here in Clark County. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of our physician members who signed up to lend their time and talent to inspire the next generation of future medical students, and I hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate and share the experiences at the Recognition dinner on Thursday, October 11 at the Northwest Technical Career Academy.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to reserve your spot for our FREE CME on Physician Burnout on Tuesday, October 23rd at Roseman University (Summerlin Campus). This 2-hour Ethics CME entitled: Dealing with Physician Burnout will feature presentations on identifying the causes of physician burnout, as well as tools and strategies to help reduce burnout. This is one of those fantastic opportunities where we at CCMS can look after the wellbeing of those who normally take care of us.
“So, how do you measure a year? In daylights? In sunsets? In midnights? In cups of coffee? In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife? In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure a year in a life?”
Alexandra P. Silver
Alexandra P. Silver is the Executive Director of the Clark County Medical Society and can be reached at Alexandra.Silver@clarkcountymedical.org or 702-739-9989