It was a delight to read Dr Dosanjh’s President’s Comment regarding courageous leadership in the July/August issue of the BCMJ [2022;64:248]. The thoughtful and articulate call to our best selves—both as citizens and as doctors—has rarely been more urgently needed. In a local, provincial, national, and global environment of unnecessary strife and easy access to weapons—both technological and verbal—it does indeed take leadership courage to rise above the temptations of the fray to imagine what we need to make positive contributions to complex problems—many of which threaten the survival of ourselves and our planet. Dr Dosanjh’s call, as our president, to bring to this crisis our best selves, rather than self-serving finger-pointing, is worth heeding. If we style ourselves as healers of patients and societies, then she points us in that difficult, seemingly impossible direction. And isn’t that what we seek to address daily with each patient and each community we serve—from the local to the global? If not us, then who? If not now, when? Thank you, President Dosanjh.
—Bob Woollard, MD
This letter was submitted in response to “Courageous leadership.”
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