So I saw this great little piece by Storyshucker and tweeted it:
Rarely have connections with strangers like this occurred to me. I say this because the post struck a chord in me at a time when I’m making what I consider a pretty important decision–not to renew my membership with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). For background see my previous post.
The two posts seem almost to work like two sides of the inner conflict I had about leaving the two major organizations of which I’ve been a member since my residency.
And it’s funny; Storyshucker’s post also reminded me of my own early experience with fraternities in college. The Omegas used to burn brands of the Omega symbol on the arms of their pledges who they accepted. The hazing was pretty rough, a lot like what Storyshucker describes–rolling them down steep hills and such.
I never for one moment considered joining a fraternity. In fact, I’m not much of a joiner. I probably joined the APA and the AMA because many of my classmates were doing it.
I was also asked to address questions to the APA candidates just as George Dawson was. You can see his reply here.
It’s almost as if Storyshucker is challenging me to consider staying to change what I don’t think is right with the APA and the AMA.
He’s not of course; it’s just a coincidence. But it’s a powerful coincidence. He didn’t intend to make me reflect on my decision–I made that happen by making the connection.
Now I’m not going to reconsider and pay up that $981 to the APA nor do I intend to change my mind about the AMA. I know deep in my soul, whether I’m an insider or an outsider, I’m not going to change those organizations or change what boards are doing to doctors with nonsense like the Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
But I do know one thing–change will happen. Things will change not when I want them to or how I want them to. But change will come whether or not anyone expects it, wishes for it, demands it, or avoids it.
If nothing else happens–I’ll change.