I always thought that as doctors became more senior life would become more organized, and that one could settle into a pattern of being relaxed and venerated at work with lots of spare time for things like fishing and taking long walks on the beach. It is not happening for me, and it is not happening for most of my colleagues. I suspect that those physicians smart enough to have organized their lives that way would probably want as little contact with someone like me as possible.
It seems that my colleagues and I are busier than ever with just not enough time for important stuff.
At any rate, sadly, because of my poor organization, I will have to retire from the Editorial Board of the BCMJ. I must say that ever since that Vernon hockey trip many years ago, where Jim Wilson said, “I might have a use for that rant,” I have enjoyed my time on the Board. It has been fun, and the monthly meetings have been something that I have looked forward to. I owe Jim a big debt of gratitude. It has been a great honor and a pleasure to be associated with Jay and Kash and, of course, Jim and the other stalwarts on the Editorial Board.
Dave Richardson is going to do a great job. Dave is a bright guy; he just needs to lighten up a little.
In all seriousness, I have always been impressed with the enthusiasm and intelligence that the Editorial Board members have brought to the meetings. Their various medical backgrounds and, more importantly probably, their extracurricular backgrounds, made the Journal something I am proud to have been associated with.
I am getting misty and cannot even work up a good rant. I thank the BCMJ and the physicians of BC for allowing me the honor of serving on the Editorial Board.
I would like to say, in closing, that I have been on the boards of the BCMA and the SSPS, and the Editorial Board was more fun, hands down.
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