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Recognizing Our Everyday Heroes: A Message of Thanks

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I mourned the passing one of my colleagues, Mary Kriner, MD, clinical associate professor at the NYU Long Island School of Medicine. Mary was the ultimate professional: kind, diligent, dedicated, and skilled. Her poised approach to any clinical situation earned her respect from her colleagues, staff, residents, and medical students. She loved teaching and was never too busy to spend time with the next generation of physicians.

Mary was also in charge of securing speakers for our grand rounds and the annual symposium. We were fortunate to hear and learn from some of the brightest in our field. In conferences, Mary delivered her comments or questions in a soft voice that never failed to provoke thought. She was admired by all and emulated by many.

I write about Mary because she represents each one of you, our everyday heroes. You go above and beyond in caring for your patients whether it is recognized and appreciated or simply taken for granted. Accolades are not necessary for you to always strive to provide the best care for your patients, but I thank you for your dedication and hard work. On behalf of all of us, I recognize the effort and self-sacrifice you make time and again.

I also write about Mary because many of us have lost someone dear to us this year. Some have lost a colleague to COVID-19 infection; others a loved one to disease or aging. Focusing on the positives in life takes work: our minds are wired to spend more time worrying and make light of positive events. Rather than dwelling on loss, I suggest that we celebrate the lives and accomplishments of those we’ve lost. And as 2020 draws near its end, I hope that we will all find joy in reconnecting with our loved ones—even if it is only virtually—and enjoy their company and account for their and our accomplishments.

I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday season and all the best in 2021!