“We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line. There is science in what we do, yes, but also habit, intuition, and sometimes plain old guessing. The gap between what we know and what we aim for persists. And this gap complicates everything we do.”
“No greater opportunity, responsibility, or obligation can fall to the lot of a human being than to become a physician. In the care of the suffering s/he needs technical skill, scientific knowledge, and human understanding. S/he who uses these with courage, with humility, and with wisdom will provide a unique service for fellow members of their community, and will build an enduring edifice of character within themselves. The physician should ask of their destiny no more than this; s/he should be content with no less.”
Established in 1976 by local Penticton physicians, the Penticton Medical Staff Association represents 171 medical staff working at Penticton Regional Hospital including physicians, dental surgeons, nurse practitioners, and midwives.
Each year, the MSA awards two medical staff for outstanding service and teaching in medicine. Award recipients are innovators in their field, provide exceptional patient care, go above and beyond the call of duty, and are dedicated to leading opportunities that promote and increase learning and knowledge.