We are pleased to revisit this Q & A with Carol Rose as she announces her retirement after 27 years with the department. Join us in thanking Carol for her many years of service and her devotion to staff achievement and patient care. Carol, we hope the retirement years are anything but quiet.
What did you enjoy most during your career in the Department of Otolaryngology?
I enjoyed the variety of tasks that I have been allowed to explore throughout my career in Otolaryngology. I feel I have learned more about myself and how to approach each day as a new day. There are so many relationships that will not end when I leave the department. One in particular is with Ellie Jones who offered me the opportunity to join the department along with Carolyn Carbery and Maria Harrington. We all started in the department within months of each other. We will stay connected forever.
Do you have any special plans for retirement?
My husband and I are planning to travel and seek out all of God’s beauty across the country. My favorite saying is, “Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negative, and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.” I am looking forward to taking my camera and taking those shots. I will be spending more time with my family and friends to make everlasting memories.
How do you stay positive during challenging times?
COVID has been a real life challenge for everyone. Moving our clinic into our new space during this pandemic was a stressful time, but we survived as a team, and we are so proud of our new beautiful space. We get to see more patients which is what we enjoy the most. I have been very blessed to work with an amazing gifted staff. Our motto is: Tough times don’t last though teams do!
Do you have any tips or wisdom you’d like to share with Oto staff?
Working at WashU has many benefits, so take advantage of them. Stay flexible and enjoy whatever comes your way, and remember, tomorrow is day one.
Carol was one of our first staff Q&A newsletter stories: