I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on an issue that I believe has become critical to professional life, particularly a life in medicine. My plan for this editorial is to share a collection of thoughts on the problem of setting priorities and to examine the way in which conventional approaches to the problem have been driven by a set of tacit (and possibly misleading) assumptions.
One's approach to the issue of priority setting is necessarily idiosyncratic and highly personal. Mine is based primarily on the individual experience of Tom Boyce and has little objective validity beyond the criterion of seeming true to me most of the time. Readers are therefore encouraged to view all that is set forth herein through the interpretive lenses of their own worldviews. I am no expert in the field of setting priorities, and I have struggled with these issues as long and hard as anyone
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