Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hype and conflict of interest are both dangerous in 2016

I love progress. Doing things safer, more effectively, more efficiently is always a goal. But our desire for progress is exploited every day by overblown or unproven assertions about all sorts of things - products, procedures, services.

Unreasonable expectations actually get in the way of progress. I am trying to be more moderate, and try the new with caution, but faith that some of these overhyped trends still have real value - just in the appropriate place (not everywhere, all the time)

Not to be too cryptic - specifically robotic/endoluminal/image guided surgery is awesome, but the revolution may be mixed! Also - as a Mindfulness advocate and practitioner, I do not believe it will (or needs to) change every aspect of my being... or cure asthma!

Self driving cars are gonna change the world in unbelievable ways - all that free time is gonna make us less sleepy and more connected and maybe even better educated! So there's some hype from me ;-)

maybe I'll leave conflict of interest for another day...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Trying something new - very short posts

I have always tried to write in essay form. That may cause my writer's block. I have plenty to say - just not very polished.

The world really is getting more complicated, and many (most) of us really are getting more stressed. I overextend myself regularly, and have to "declare failure" and back off a bit. FOMO - fear of missing out - is the millennial term for it.

One of my awesome attending in residency gave me a TWO WORD evaluation when I first worked for him! I was ashamed, but came to realize that he was truly insightful, and his stern eval also had a decent number score with it (at least 3 out of 5...) so it wasn't a condemnation.

Thank you, Dr Lowell Bursch - for those two true and useful words. --- "Easily Overwhelmed"