At Our Best When the Worst Happens

By Richard Aghababian, MD
President, Massachusetts Medical Society

It is an axiom in the profession of medicine, perhaps too often left unstated, that physicians, nurses, and health care workers are at their best when others are at their worst.

We saw this all too clearly yesterday, Patriots Day 2013, when Boston was shaken by bombings at the Boston Marathon.

As an emergency physician, I understand the value of preparedness for incidents like this. The capability to meet disasters is preceded by hours of preparation, planning, drills, and a motivation to be ready when and if needed.

Boston is a city known around the globe for its medical care, and it has shared its expertise with others whenever and wherever needed: after Superstorm Sandy, in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, in Haiti after the earthquakes, in New York City after September 11.

Yesterday, disaster and terror struck at home, and Boston’s first responders, emergency medical personnel, physicians, and hospitals across the city showed just how prepared we are for the unexpected and how quickly we can meet a challenge. They can be proud of their actions, and we should take pride in how they responded.

On behalf of the Massachusetts Medical Society, I offer my thanks to all of them. We are fortunate to have such dedicated medical and law enforcement professionals among us.

  1. Matt Collins says:

    Many physicians who were there are likely in need of our emotional support. What they witnessed would have disturbed the most experienced among us. Reach out to those you know who we’re there and see if you can help.

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