You have been an inspiration to so many. I am honored to have been one of them.
To a mentor who inspired me to be a better physician, and human being. You are a remarkable individual. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
In warm appreciation of my mentor, friend and colleague Macdonald Dick, a master of the art and science of pediatric electrophysiology.
A quote attributed to William Arthur Ward says “the mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires”. Perhaps Mac is best recognized by his mentees as an inspirational leader. He listens well, educates, is accessible, is supportive, and has gone to all ends of the earth to make sure that his trainees have been personally and professionally successful. A book entitled Greater than Yourself, by author Steve Farber, proposes three critical leadership steps:
1.Expand yourself – understand all that you know (people, politics, resources, structure, relationships, successes, landmines)
2.Give yourself – take all that you know and give it to others in whom you have great confidence and faith. This expands your knowledge, rather than diminishes what you know. You establish yourself as a great giver and teacher, attracting additional talent who wants to learn from you.
3.Replicate yourself – ask not that your trainees give back to you, but rather pass forward to the next generation of learners.
Mac has truly exemplified this leadership style.
You are not only an exceptional pediatric cardiologist but have been a truly incredible mentor for me over the years. Thank you for everything.
Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” I am fairly certain that Churchill quoted Mac. This mindset has benefited medical students, pediatric residents, cardiology fellows, electrophysiologists, and as a result, most importantly it has benefited the countless children for whom we have cared. Thank you for fostering all of our successes.
Mac, It was such an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to learn from you and work alongside you. You are the perfect example of the kind of mentor, and colleague we all should strive to be. Forever in gratitude, Ira Shetty