March 16, 2015

Draw Strength from Their Examples…

By Betty Bibbins, MD

EDITOR’S NOTE: Betty Bibbins, MD, founder, CEO and executive physician educator for DocuComp, and frequent guest on Talk Ten Tuesdays, participated in the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march. ICD10monitor invited Dr. Bibbins to share her experience.

We must always keep in mind that no matter where we are today, we had to evolve to get here. My thoughts, whenever I think of my childhood in the south, consist of times when we were allowed to go to some places and not permitted in most - the risk being to life itself.

Today is a beautiful day. While I am an entrepreneur and a businesswoman these may not have been options to me in the recent past. Remembering just 50 years ago, We must keep in mind that the America that we live in today is quite different. There were many walls among and between us. Many of the walls are gone today (some of them just may not be as visible). One thing to always keep in mind is that there will always be change in our lives. Change cannot always be comfortable but it is important to grow and to move forward, as well as to not forget from where we have grown.

On Sunday, March 8th our nation observed a 50-year tribute to the March in Selma, Alabama. People were memorably milling around, exchanging deeply personal insights of life experiences, and how all of our lives have been changed over this period of time. How time has impacted us in this millennium, but we have not forgotten how times were. Change is not always comfortable, change may not be wanted, but change is inevitable. 

As a country we have grown into a beautiful array of diversity. When hearing of life experiences that are so significantly different from what most of us are appreciating today, it's hard to think about how people were risking their lives just to be recognized, contributing human beings and citizens in this country. Remembering that so many have lived, too many have died for us.

Today is the day we need to rejoice for the distance that we have traveled. It is not been easy, and it continues to be challenging, but they are beautiful challenges because with these challenges we shall continue to grow. Let us remember those who sacrificed for us.

We all think of our parents, grandparents, and other relatives, who sacrificed for us to have a more enjoyable life, a better life, a more positive life. Let us look back at our shared, recent ancestral life experiences that help to make us of better nation, a better group of individuals, a better country. Change happens in life, and our professions. Through change comes evolution, and to evolution comes progression. These are the times that we need to think about all the changes that are going on in our lives and to appreciate them for the positive place that they will, eventually, place us.

About the Author

Betty Bibbins is the founder, CEO, and executive physician educator of DocuComp Healthcare. Dr. Bibbins is also the founder and dean of faculty at DocuEd LLC, the first nationally recognized program that provides clinical documentation specialist (CDS) education and certification for hospitals’ clinical staff, including hospitalists, attending physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners

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