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By Fred Rodriguez, Jr., MD, President, NAACLS Board of Directors Competence: the ability to do something well (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/competence) In my last posting, I commented on “quality” (i.e., a high level of value or excellence). “Competence” may seem synonymous with “quality,” but “the ability to do something well” may (or may not) result in a “high level […]

by Fred Rodriguez, Jr., MD,  President, NAACLS Board of Directors Quality: a high level of value or excellence (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality) For many persons, “quality” is like art. They know what they like when they see it, but when asked to specify the criteria used to determine “like”, answers are often vague and illogical. The vagueness and […]

By Fred H. Rodriguez, Jr., M.D. President, NAACLS Board of Directors “The only constant in life is change.” This is an aphorism that I coined many years ago, and its truth is verified for me almost every day. Hopefully when change occurs, the change results in improving a situation (i.e., in some way makes things […]

By Fred Rodriguez, MD President, NAACLS Board of Directors  “inertia: indisposition to motion, exertion, or change” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, m-w.com) Many individuals seek comfort in the “status quo.” They seek to be “inert.” They work to develop an understanding of the existing situation and “rules” in order to achieve a “comfort zone” in the here and […]

By Fred Rodriguez, MD President, Board of Directors On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina attacked the city of New Orleans, and due to structural failures of the levee system because of inept construction, 80 percent of the city flooded. My laboratory at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, the LSU School of Medicine, Department of […]

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