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Dr. James L. Holly is CEO of Southeast Texas Medical Associates, LLP (SETMA) in

As we move deeper into the 21st century, we do so knowing that the technological advances we face are astounding. Our grandchildren’s generation will experience healthcare methods and possibilities that seem like science fiction to us today. Yet that technology risks decreasing the value of our lives if we do not, in the midst of technology, retain our humanity.

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Here is a difficult question: “Can a healthcare provider help a patient develop virtue?” Without doubt, it is hard, but it is possible. Virtue is more than the development of habits, but virtue’s presence or absence will result in habits being formed. The healthcare provider can help a patient develop positive habits with accountability and reinforcement of positive conduct. The healthcare provider can promote virtue in the life of the patient by celebrating success, however small, and by cheering the patient on to success.

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May 18, I had a new experience: I flew across the country to attend a conference and, after the first session and brief discussions with several leaders, flew back to Beaumont on the same day. I did not leave angry but realized that if I stayed, I would be disruptive. I was there at the invitation of someone I greatly respect and did not want to embarrass or disappoint that person, so my only option was to leave.

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SETMA’s Medication Reconciliation Tutorial is online at www.setma.com/epm-tools/medication-reconciliation-tutorial. This is important because the most critical function in medical record keeping is the maintenance of and access to an accurate, valid list of the medications a person is taking.

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The context of my visit with the Lamar pre-professional students included my discussion of the OSR and the AAMC. My relationship with the founding dean of the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio is part of that context.

(Author’s Note: This letter was sent to the founding dean of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio School of Medicine upon the occasion of the Dedication on Feb. 17 of the Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Auditorium)

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