Winning Friends or Influencing People

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

The bearer of this document has been persuaded that at times, a clinical engineer must decide between winning friends or influencing people as he/she pursues the noble goals of patient safety and risk reduction in their particular institution.

Further, he/she has agreed to promote these goals even at great personal expense and sacrifice, realizing that by doing so they will most probably have no one to eat lunch with.

When necessary, (as a good watchdog must) he/she also has agreed to be as cantankerous as the Whistling Rain Forest Tree Frog (originally discovered in Sag Harbor, NY, and presently a resident of the Technical Iconoclast Happy Pet Land Animal Menagerie; constantly on the run—and in hiding).

In recognition of this commitment, he/she is presented with this timeless document (ironclad agreement) of great beauty, which may be proudly displayed at work or wrapped around the tailpipe of a Harley.

Presented to: _________________________________________
                            (Be brave—fill your name in here.)

By: The founding president of the newly created Patient Safety First— Cantankerous Whistling Rain Forest Tree Frog Society©.

Ira Soller, MSEE, PE, FACCE
Director, Biomedical Engineering
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
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PS: The society’s secret handshake has yet to be finalized. Until you hear further, you may rub elbows and flap your ears.

Disclaimer: The lofty thoughts expressed are not necessarily those held or condoned by AAMI and are solely those of the founding president of the Patient Safety First—Cantankerous Whistling Rain Forest Tree Frog Society (unless he can find someone else to blame), who at times has moments of great personal clarity, insight, and wisdom, and also demonstrates expertise in ducking to avoid tomatoes thrown while lecturing. 24×7

 Ira Soller, MSEE, PE, FACCE, is director of biomedical engineering at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and coordinator of the New York City Metropolitan Area Clinical Engineering Directors Group. He originally presented this certificate to attendees of the Technical Iconoclast Roundtable at the AAMI 2004 Conference and Exposition in Boston. Email him at