I planned on posting up this weekend, but alas, I offer up this short citation—and for good reason. I rarely comment on a lede for shock value. However, this is a noteworthy reference, and a cautionary tale for SHM, and every professional society for that matter.
I found this story very disturbing. Take a look, and then come back.
My take: Stupid, stupid, stupid!
It is so blatantly obvious, no matter how Dr. Greenfield interpreted the evidence–wrongly as it were, that this kind of writing is insulting and inappropriate, especially for a man of his stature. I am sure he is beyond reproach in his academic accomplishments, but regarding late career mistakes, he is not the first, and wont be the last. Where is this man’s filter and common sense? More importantly, where were the editors?
I cite this post to illustrate that all of us at SHM: bloggers, board members, committee members, etc., all represent the organization to a greater or lesser degree. Slip ups, even of the n=1 variety, can tarnish an organization and regress years of progress in the clinical and advocacy domains.
Even with a full throated apology and resignation, this action will linger, and degrades the influence of an organization, that yes, likes to voice its opinions and have a say in the reshaping of health care practice. Moreover, dissent amongst its members will create havoc for some time and make organizational decision making difficult. Not good in this era of change. There are more efficient ways to clean house to be sure.
Again, a wake up call and a lesson. Remember it.
UPDATE: Dr. Greenfield submits resignation.