In My Opinion
This letter came in response to my column on Medicare for all in March. It is important to hear from all our members. The College encourages your thoughts on all issues important to the allergist.
– Michael Blaiss, MD, FACAAI, executive medical director
Dear Dr. Blaiss,
I read your editorial of March 4, 2019 with great interest. Thank you for sharing your insights. I would like to offer some alternative viewpoints. They are as follows:
As a new allergist, practice outside of fellowship is full of complications previously not encountered. In addition to finally becoming the “end of the line” for patient care decisions, young physicians are also faced with an onslaught of other responsibilities. Leading a clinical practice, leading office or hospital ancillary staff, and leading residents and fellows are just a few examples. Unfortunately leadership is a nebulous term. It is something that we all hope to see in ourselves and inspire in others, yet the practicalities of leadership are often elusive and its execution is not succinct, precise, or easy.
What is a “leader”? For some, it is a political or royal figure. For others, it is a sports legend, an Instagram celebrity, or a fashion mogul. At the inaugural College Leadership Summit in Chicago, however, it was 20 individuals under 40 from around the nation dedicated to improving themselves and the field of allergy immunology.