SAVE THE DATE! 2020 ANNUAL MEETING | OCTOBER 24 & 25 | WOODLANDS HOTEL & SUITES
As dermatologists, we have dedicated our lives to caring for and comforting our patients with not just our clinical expertise and knowledge of the structure and function of the skin, but with our kindness and empathy. While the beautiful biochemistry of melanin imparts not only biologic form and function to our skin, it can impact how we are seen and how we see each other. We must acknowledge and reckon with the very real agony, pain and frustration that many of us are feeling right now. The horrific killing of George Floyd and many other African Americans before him has caused outrage across our commonwealth and indeed across our nation. Our fellow Americans, merely on the basis of the color of their skin, the density and distribution of melanin, experience the effects of racism on a regular basis. We must act as one community, and be clear in our conviction to oppose racism, bigotry, and abuse of power. These acts are byproducts of hate, in contrast to our values as physicians which call upon us to embody respect, acceptance, and kindness towards all.
Our community, country and the world are in pain. As physicians we know the importance of comforting those in pain and working to cure its root causes. Right now, this means supporting one another, listening instead of judging, and acting from a place of love and compassion. Sharing our gifts: our minds to think and solve; our eyes to have vision; our ears to listen; our hearts to love and show compassion; our hands to serve and act. The very values of integrity, compassion, empathy, kindness, and respect that serve our patients can help heal our communities. As dermatologists we are adept at shining light into the shadows. We will strive to ask the right questions, work hard to listen, and take necessary steps to learn, support and serve better. We are listening and we want to hear your voice.