These have been challenging and unprecedented times for the healthcare community, our patients, and the entire world. So, I wanted to take some time to personally address the hardships, tragedies, and triumphs.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has shaken the world in ways we could not have expected. We have lost a lot of lives because of COVID. Patients and healthcare workers have died from complications and we have lost many of our colleagues due to mental health repercussions of COVID. Losing patients is always one of the hardest moments in a physician’s career, but losing our patients in this manner is a lot to carry. It is no secret that physicians and PAs bear a heavy load, which leads to burnout and career fatigue. The Pandemic may lead to us losing more of our ranks as they look for alternate career opportunities.
But I want to take this opportunity to let you know that MSV and I know what you are going through. We are here to support you in any way that you may need. That includes the newly launched physician well being program, SafeHaven™. You are needed in your patients' lives each and every day. You are also needed by every one of your colleagues. You have done so much for your community throughout this time and you truly make an impact. I know some days we feel defeated, but you are needed. Especially during times like these. You are necessary. You are important. And you are a hero.
Not only are we going through a pandemic, but the world is dealing with yet another police killing of an African American man, George Floyd. No one understands the inequities in healthcare better than us. These inequities lead to disproportionate health outcomes for vulnerable populations. These disparities have only been made further apparent during the current pandemic that has resulted in disproportionate cases and deaths in black and brown communities. The House of Medicine must make a renewed commitment to fight for equitable care for all people and build a community that condemns racism and values our world’s rich diversity. Use your voice to help make a change in your workplace, your community, and the nation.
These are trying times for all of our communities. However, I know that there is no group that can come together and make a change better than us and through the MSV. You are all amazing, selfless individuals. You make a difference in the lives of people each and every day. Your voice matters and the MSV is here to make it heard.
I am proud to call all of you my colleagues and my friends. Being your president is one of my greatest joys. Thank you for all you are doing each and every day.
All my best,
Clifford L. Deal III, MD, FACS