I had never given much thought on what it means to be a Diplomate until I read the question here. It did bring memories of long hard working call nights, the satisfaction of a job well done, and faces and places, among other things. Old comrades in arms and new partners, new patient faces filled with anxiety as you do your best to soothe their pain and bring hope. Being part of a Fellowship that bonds us in knowledge and service... Yes, I truly believe that it is an Honor and a Privilege to stand alongside my fellow colleagues in this most distinct and interesting branch of Medicine. Both Knowledge and Pride bond us. Pride in being part of the best...the Diplomates.
Jose Alfredo Vazquez Diaz, M.D., FAAO, DABO, BSB
Diplomate Class of 2007