Jack Resneck, Jr., MD, a dermatologist from San Rafael, California, was inaugurated here Tuesday as the 177th president of the American Medical Association (AMA).
Resneck began his inaugural address by admitting that initially he had had some trepidation about taking the position, given “so much pain and despair in the last 2 years, in the wake of this pandemic and a politically fractured country … Questions about whether we could collectively – all of us in organized medicine – move beyond the serious challenges we face. I wondered if I could make a difference.”
But then, he said, he heard a story from his rabbi, Stacy Friedman of Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael (who had given the invocation at the ceremony a few minutes before Resneck began speaking). The story was about Georgene Johnson, “a middle-aged woman from Cleveland, who, 30 years ago, took up jogging. Eager for a little competition, she signed up for a local 10k run.”