“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times...”

A classic Charles Dickens epic begins with this description of a seemingly impossible paradox. But as it often happens, real life can be even more fantastic than fiction. Without a doubt, 2020 was one of the most difficult years ever to be a physician anesthesiologist. The surprise pandemic sadly has taken many lives and irreparably affected many more. The resilience of the world's public health system has been pushed to its limits... and beyond. Anesthesia practices have experienced tumultuous financial disruptions. And yet, after a year of unprecedented turmoil and sadness, physician anesthesiologists have contributed in a multitude of remarkable ways, and we can and should be justifiably proud of our collective actions.

For too many times in my career, I've been referred to as “anesthesia” –...

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Good Man
November 22 2020
JC Lydon MD
Retired member of Florida Society of Anesthesiologists and Brevard Physicians Associates
Patrick Giam is not only a reliable and trustworthy leader in the ASA collective, he is the definition of a "good man," and it was my honor to know him. ASA members would be wise to listen to him and adopt his counsel. Thank you, Patrick, for your commitment to our specialty and your friendship, brief as it was.
Submitted on 22/11/2020 3:14 PM GMT