|At the Still Point of the Turning World|
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
SOME OF US PLAN FOR DEFEAT
As the preparations for the 2003 Residency Holiday Party continue (the pinata concept was shelved, btw), we are now dealing with the defeat of a half-cent sales tax increase which would have offset a $25 million dollar shortfall in the hospital's budget. Read all about it here.
All this, at the height of recruitment season, with prospective residents arriving weekly to check out our residency. Now the damage control begins. Over the next few days, I will be sounding everyone involved with the recruitment effort so that we can presented an honest and--above all--levelheaded face upon this time of uncertainty. What is it about tough times that brings out all the doomsayers, who seem to think themselves so pithy and insightful as they go about saying "The hospital is going to close, the residency will fold." In fact, no one knows what is going to happen, only that things are going to change, and we must all cope as best we can.
In this era of sound bites, infomercials and plausible deniability, it is hard for people to hear the words "I don't know." Yet what we need is to begin with these very words, signaling, as they do, the beginning of invention and change.