Louisville Medicine Volume 67, Issue 8 - Page 6

LEADERSHIP IN MEDICINE “Good horses win races when all important factors work. Great horses win races when none of the important factors work.” - A Ken- tucky Derby trainer easy or comfortable to engage in community work or legislative activities, but it is something we must do for our patients and our profession. he above quote will likely resonate with all of us in the Bluegrass State given the shared lore and experiences we have surrounding the Kentucky Derby. However, if one considers the meaning of this quote more deeply, it should remind us that meaningful accomplishments are often achieved within a background of challenge. Pres- ent-day health care comes with a multitude of challenges and, as such, requires us as physicians to become resourceful and persevere in our efforts to bring the best care to our patients. We must follow in the footsteps of previous GLMS leaders, commit- ting ourselves to our Society’s new goals, growth and health care initiatives. Significant issues will be legislative priorities for GLMS and KMA in 2020. These include prior authorization, opioid alterna- tives, e-cigarette and vaping device excise taxation, tobacco pre- vention and cessation funding, surprise billing, deceptive adver- tising and vision testing for driver’s license renewal. These are a litany of issues that touch so many throughout our city and the Commonwealth. Therefore, I challenge you to take an active role with this society, have those discussions with legislators and at- tend KMA Physicians' Day at the Capitol. These are ways you can help showcase GLMS and lead the future of medicine. T Recent reflection on my own personal goals for leadership re- minded me of the multitude of GLMS physician leaders that have maintained our Society throughout these many years and most recently of the loss of our colleague Dr. Bob Couch. Bob, as with many of his predecessors, possessed the quali- ties we value and look for in our leadership. Strong leaders have the ability to maintain clinical acumen and attend to patient care while still finding the time to volunteer to advocate within the medical community and positively affect local, regional and state health care provision and policy. With these thoughts in mind, I would ask each of you to step outside the usual, the comfortable, the ordinary, and stretch your- self personally and professionally as members of this longstanding vigorous medical society. We physicians are often reluctant to take ourselves outside the realm of direct patient care as we view this (and rightly so) as our primary duty and responsibility. However, remember that patient care should naturally include advocacy and policy as this affects health in a myriad of ways. It is not always 4 LOUISVILLE MEDICINE Strong leaders understand how to work with others to achieve a vision and mission, to engage in those crucial conversations, knowing the ultimate goal is to be better tomorrow than we were today. Each of us can be leaders in our own way. Join me in this effort. This is how we can all emulate what Bob spent so many years doing, so selflessly. Of note: Please see the wonderful In Remembrance on page 8, written by Dr. McKechnie. Dr. Burns is a private practice ophthalmologist. His practice, Middletown Eye Care, is located in Middletown, KY.