Goodbye, Bob. Hello, David

As the saying goes, “time waits for no one,” or something like that. I wish it had waited a little longer as, not without a little sadness, the BCMJ Editorial Board is saying goodbye to Dr Robert Vroom. Dr Vroom has retired and given up his seat at our esteemed table. He will be sorely missed because Dr Vroom knows something about everything and shares this wisdom with grace and humility. We wish him the very best as he enjoys his family and runs the hills of the Sunshine Coast. 

We are excited to welcome Bob’s replacement, Dr David Esler, to our Editorial Board. Dr Esler has practised emergency medicine in and around Vancouver since 1988. He is also a medical reviewer for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. This jazz-playing animal-lover has a special interest in health law, bioethics, risk management, and patient safety. The BCMJ Editorial Board is sure to benefit from Dr Esler’s valuable contributions in the years ahead. 

David R. Richardson, MD. Goodbye, Bob. Hello, David. BCMJ, Vol. 60, No. 5, June, 2018, Page(s) 243 - News.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
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