My Thoughts


The founder of Osteopathy, Dr. A.T. Still, M.D., founded this profession out of the intent to better serve patients. The intent of service was key for his success and is central to the Osteopathic profession. Rabindranath Tagore once said that " I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw life was service. I acted .... and behold, service was joy." In the spirit of true service both the giver and the receiver experience and share joy. There are many regulatory factors in medicine today that are compromising the physicians ability to deliver the spirit of service. Regardless of these pressures there are still physicians trying to keep the spirit of service alive. It nurtures both physician and patient.


Someone recently asked,"To what do you attribute your success"? "Really good teachers", I said. Teachings can come from parents, friends,coworkers, nature, and various teaching institutions. We can be taught from children and the very old, from the living and those that have passed on, from the formally educated and those without any schooling. Teaching is an undervalued community service. Imagine what it would be like without their contribution towards our professional and personal development. Books can give us information but teaching from a living teacher brings teaching to life. It adds a dimension that books alone cannot provide. Good teachers not only help us learn but teach how to learn, an art that applies to the rest of our lives as we try to improve the life of others and ourselves and make our community a better place. Whether we are aware of what vital role teachers play in our life or not, we will be forever indebted to them.

posted May 7, 2012, 9:29 AM by Venkat Aravala   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 1:42 PM by H ]

posted May 7, 2012, 9:26 AM by Venkat Aravala   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 1:42 PM by H ]

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