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Expression of Gratitude to Scott C. Litin, MD, for Service to Mayo Clinic Proceedings

      On behalf of the Editorial Board, staff, authors, and readers of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, I would like to express our extreme gratitude to Scott C. Litin, MD, who this month ends his term on the Editorial Board after serving 19 years as Associate Editor.
      Dr Litin was appointed Associate Editor in 1994 by then Editor-in-Chief Udaya B. Prakash, MD. Together, the two gentlemen were instrumental in initiating the Concise Reviews for Clinicians and Residents' Clinics sections of the journal, which were managed by Dr Litin. During his term as Associate Editor, Dr Litin was an indefatigable advocate for physicians-in-training and young faculty members, whom he coached in their writings for the Proceedings. Further, from 1999 to the present, with the Proceedings attempting to increase its quality of content and national and international stature, Dr Litin was a champion for ensuring that the journal continued to meet the daily clinical and educational needs of practicing physicians. Securing continuing medical education credit for some of the journal's articles and recruiting Clinical Pearls Concise Review articles from both American College of Physicians and Mayo Clinic authors were other innovations he introduced. Thus, the Proceedings of today carries Dr Litin's durable fingerprints, and his influence on the journal will be apparent for many years hence.
      During his term on the Editorial Board, Dr Litin's stature rose locally and extramurally through his work as a physician-investigator and educator. He was honored as a Mayo Clinic Distinguished Clinician (the institution's highest recognition for excellence in clinical practice) and was named president of the Mayo Clinic Staff, president of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, and Master of the American College of Physicians. He, in turn, used this stature to further assist young and developing authors and to help the Proceedings address its mission: “To promote the best interests of patients by advancing the knowledge and professionalism of the physician community.”
      Dr Litin has worked for the past several years to expand and diversify the leadership for those areas of the journal that he has overseen. As a result, he is leaving the journal in very good hands and, because of his collegiality and generosity, there has been a seamless transition to new leadership.
      Dr Litin's service to the journal was honored at the 2012 annual meeting of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings Editorial Board, held in Rochester, Minnesota, on September 21 and 22 (Figure). During the ceremony, it was noted that Dr Litin's 19 years on the Editorial Board and as Associate Editor were both records for physician contributions to the journal. Later, Dr Litin shared with attendees his warm and enduring feelings about the journal.
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      FIGUREAt the 2012 annual meeting of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings Editorial Board, William L. Lanier, MD, Editor-in-Chief (right) congratulates Scott C. Litin, MD (left), on his service to the journal.
      In his “retirement” from Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Dr Litin will continue his work as a practicing physician in the Mayo Clinic Division of General Internal Medicine, as an investigator and educator, and as a contributor to his beloved American College of Physicians. We will miss him, but we know that his wise counsel and beautiful sense of humor will be accessible to us “just across the street.”
      To Dr Litin, we collectively say thank you and good luck in your ongoing adventures.