Engaging in an economic conversation about the conventional compensation of a physician leads one to believe that doctors are well to do. In the minds of most citizens, school-tuition board members, and even local neighbors, if you’re a physician the presumption is that you are economically prosperous, maybe even rich. This sociological assumption probably sounds false to most whom honorably don the white coat. Perhaps a decade or two ago, when medical school tuition was less and compensation was relatively higher, this adage would be true. But in 2018, when medical school debt can easily set one back $350,000 (before interest rates), this is false.
The incorporation of novel medical interventions plays a critical role in the evolution of medicine. Technological advancements in the healthcare industry are not only catalyzing physicians to treat their patients differently, but more importantly, it is generating a paradigm shift in how physicians think.
The deeper we probe, the more we realize we do not know. Brain disease remains elusive, the sources of cancer are still a mystery, and better cures for cardiac dysfunction are undiscovered. Our understanding of how genetics truly impacts various disease states is akin to how quantum mechanics controls subatomic particles: we simply do not fully grasp the depths of medicine.
Yet, this is a source of inspiration, pushing the biomedical community to work in unison to usher in the next generation of clinical interventions that can treat and cure the patients of tomorrow. We are not intimated by what we don't know, but rather energetically curious to learn what we ought to know. We do not fear the medical landscape which remains undiscovered, but rather build trails of certainty through collaborative scientific exploration.
This blog is merely the thoughts and observations of Ayden Jacob on varying medical topics.