BCMJ 60th anniversary: Diamonds are Forever

I have to admit, I often get mistaken for Daniel Craig, particularly at the beach.[1] Sometimes I even fake an English accent and answer the phone, “Bond, James Bond.” All of this fits perfectly with the BCMJ’s[2] upcoming Diamonds are Forever celebration. We are having a party in honor of our 60th year of publishing and you are all invited. Since diamonds represent this sixth-decade milestone we stole the title from a movie featuring the secret intelligence agency’s (MI6) favorite double-0 agent.

The soirée will occur on Thursday, 9 August at Doctors of BC’s office building. Appetizers and refreshments will be served and 007-themed dress is encouraged but not required. Doctors of BC members may RSVP at http://evite.me/jANCkwTMc2.

Sixty years is a milestone we can all be proud of.[3] The BCMJ remains a valuable publication written by the physicians of BC for the physicians of BC. The journal’s focus on British Columbian research and opinions is unique in the world of medical literature and makes it a standalone resource for our province’s physicians. This upcoming get-together is an opportunity to network and interact with the journal’s Editorial Board and staff. Past and current contributors will also be well represented. You’ll also get a glimpse into the journal’s seamless internal operations. Please use your secret agent skills to watch for spies from the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet as they are forever trying to infiltrate and copy our inner workings.

I hope you make the effort to come as I will even give you a ride in my Aston Martin, provided free of charge by Doctors of BC,[4] but be careful about which buttons you push. Dr Robert Vroom recently hit the ejector switch and ended up on the Sunshine Coast. Please search me out and say hello. I will be the dashing tuxedoed man at the bar ordering my martini shaken, not stirred.


1.    This has never happened.

2.    I took some flack after my editorial about acronyms by using this one, but BCMJ is recognized worldwide and is also on the cover.

3.    As an aside, the Bond movie franchise is only 50 years old.

4.    Also completely made up.

David R. Richardson, MD. BCMJ 60th anniversary: Diamonds are Forever. BCMJ, Vol. 60, No. 6, July, August, 2018, Page(s) 285 - Editorials.

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