Congress of Neurological Surgeons 1998 Presidential Address

Congress of Neurological Surgeons 1998 Presidential Address P R E S I D E N T I A L A D D R E S S William A. Friedman, M.D. Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida embers and guests of the Congress of Neurological On rounds with my resident, we sat trying to talk with the Surgeons, it has been a great pleasure to serve this nearly mute patient. She was, however, able to use her good past year as your President. It has also been the arm to spell out messages on an alphabet board. She made it greatest honor of my professional career. There are many clear that she had an important message to give me. I ex­ issues with which the Congress of Neurological Surgeons has pected that she would express disappointment or anger. dealt this year. They include our relationship with the Amer­ Imagine my reaction as she slowly, agonizingly, spelled out, ican Association of Neurological Surgery, new publications, letter by letter, "IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT." changes in Medicare, fellowship requirements, recertification, It's not your fault! I was stunned by her gesture of consid­ physician manpower, American Medical Accreditation Pro­ eration for my feelings. Who was this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Neurosurgery Oxford University Press

Congress of Neurological Surgeons 1998 Presidential Address

Congress of Neurological Surgeons 1998 Presidential Address

P R E S I D E N T I A L A D D R E S S William A. Friedman, M.D. Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida embers and guests of the Congress of Neurological On rounds with my resident, we sat trying to talk with the Surgeons, it has been a great pleasure to serve this nearly mute patient. She was, however, able to use her good past year as your President. It has also been the arm to spell out messages on an alphabet board. She made it greatest honor of my professional career. There are many clear that she had an important message to give me. I ex­ issues with which the Congress of Neurological Surgeons has pected that she would express disappointment or anger. dealt this year. They include our relationship with the Amer­ Imagine my reaction as she slowly, agonizingly, spelled out, ican Association of Neurological Surgery, new publications, letter by letter, "IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT." changes in Medicare, fellowship requirements, recertification, It's not your fault! I was stunned by her gesture of consid­ physician manpower, American Medical Accreditation Pro­ eration for my feelings. Who was this woman? In an instant I gram, and evaluation and management coding. Any of these understood, and I lowered my gaze. One is not bold in an issues could serve as the basis of a Presidential Address. encounter with a god. I remembered that the gods appeared However, I have chosen to turn toward another issue, which, in ancient Greece as mortals, and I held my breath and let the I think, ultimately has a greater impact on our personal and wonder in. professional lives than all of the aforementioned topics to­ gether. For my Presidential Address, I have chosen to discuss Patient 2 a simple question: what is the meaning of life? Patient 2 was a distinguished professor of pathology at the Now, some of you are probably convinced that I have University of Florida. One Wednesday noon, I sat and...
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P R E S I D E N T I A L A D D R E S S William A. Friedman, M.D. Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida embers and guests of the Congress of Neurological On rounds with my resident, we sat trying to talk with the Surgeons, it has been a great pleasure to serve this nearly mute patient. She was, however, able to use her good past year as your President. It has also been the arm to spell out messages on an alphabet board. She made it greatest honor of my professional career. There are many clear that she had an important message to give me. I ex­ issues with which the Congress of Neurological Surgeons has pected that she would express disappointment or anger. dealt this year. They include our relationship with the Amer­ Imagine my reaction as she slowly, agonizingly, spelled out, ican Association of Neurological Surgery, new publications, letter by letter, "IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT." changes in Medicare, fellowship requirements, recertification, It's not your fault! I was stunned by her gesture of consid­ physician manpower, American Medical Accreditation Pro­ eration for my feelings. Who was this

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NeurosurgeryOxford University Press

Published: Jun 1, 1999

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