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.
The practice of medicine is no longer an independent arena. The art of medicine is exclusively exposed through its inherent interdisciplinary nature. Research scientists continue to elegantly discover what exists within various diseases; they inform the biomedical community of what already exists. Engineers utilize this information to create that which is yet to exist ; they develop novel tools that can be implemented into clinical practice. And the physician of the future holds the honorable responsibility of bridging the gap between these once distant worlds. A physician of the future connects the dots, and pushes the limits of what we can offer patients. A physician of the future constantly searchers for the answers through an interdisciplinary approach involving bioengineers and scientists.
Bioinformatics and open access medical data has ushered in an era of medical practice infused with information unseen hitherto. And now, the responsibility to formulate solutions to unresolved clinical problems rests within the collaborative efforts of the biomedical community.
My intense passion for propelling the progress of medical therapies has lead me on a fruitful journey throughout the world. It is clear to me that because we live in such a technologically advanced era, we simultaneously hold the noble responsibility of acting altruistically to translate technology into better cures for cancer, more effective therapies for neuropsychiatric diseases, and improved diagnostic techniques. From neurosurgery and family medicine, to lung disease and kidney failure, all sectors of medicine will need to embrace the future face of medicine.
It is clear, though:
The future of medicine has arrived. And how we respond is merely a personal choice.