Pediatric medical educator Dr. Dale Coddington writes:
Take a moment and imagine the future with me.
Don’t think about what you have to get done for tomorrow.
Ponder how medicine might change in your lifetime.
What do you think when you watch my view of the future in this video?
I saw Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon.
“That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."
I was watching the TV with my grandfather.
He remembered when the Wright brothers had first flown a plane and the wonder of the first radio broadcasts- amazing technological advances in a lifetime.
In medicine, the first vaccination was developed 100 years ago. Penicillin was discovered 85 years ago, the CAT scan was developed 40 years ago and the human genome was sequenced 12 years ago.
Information that used to be looked up in reference books (and published every 3 years) is now available and updated almost instantly through the web.
What might the future bring?What scientific advances do you think might occur? What might be the impact on patient privacy and discrimination, on equity and access? How will patients and health care teams communicate with each other in the future? To stimulate your thinking about the future, read a view (but certainly not the only view) of medicine in the future from The Atlantic.
What are your thoughts about this view of the future and the role of the doctor?What do you think the future of medicine will be like? What do you value? How will you participate? Feel free to respond to this post with your ideas by tweeting us @dalecod and @Kind4Kids.
ABOUT OUT GUEST POST CONTRIBUTOR: Dale Coddington is a pediatrician at the Children’s Health Center at Children's National Health System. This post was a part of her final project for the E-learning and Digital Culture MOOC (massive open on-line course) given by the University of Edinburgh. She can now be found on Twitter @dalecod, on Google +, and at wanderingdale.blogspot.com as she explores learning and teaching with social media for the first time.