It’s difficult to understate how hard it is, in the words of Apple, to “Think Different”.
Everything in life pushes against it, and the more you specialize in one topic of science or medicine,
the harder it is to climb out of the rut you’ve dug for yourself and see what else is around you. But I think it’s something that’s seriously worth doing.
I’m reminded of Richard Feynman, a Nobel prize winner for physics, who in the middle of prime career-building years, took a year off to live in Brazil and became a bongo drum-playing musician.
It was certainly a change from the Cornell and Caltech physics departments, but the work he did
in the years after that sabbatical is what earned him a trip to Sweden and a prize from their King ลาวสามัคคี.
Could you do the same? Most people in your position have studied, studied and studied more.
First to get in — and then to get through — med school. Then you work your asses off to make
it through residencies (with a side order of studying your asses off to pass your specialty exams). At what point do you get to stop and take a deep breath?
In your 40’s? Your 50’s? I bet none of you did something like joining a samba band in Rio de Janeiro to play bongos halfway through that process.
It’s even harder now than it was in Feynman’s time.
For the last 15 years, big tech has been narrowing your worldview in your free time.
They make money by showing you adverts, so they need you to be staring at their offerings for as long as possible to maximize exposure.
It’s in their interest to present to you something that you’re going to want to read.
The algorithms see what you’ve read, and suggest more of the same.
It digs a deeper rut for you every single time you go online. Your horizons never broaden.
My opinion is that if you want to change the game, you’re more likely to do so if you have something else to draw from.
It’s interesting to see how many physics graduates go on to study medicine, and then bring so much more to the table in terms of advancing both treatment and diagnostics — and I’m not just talking about lasers in refractive surgery.
Wherever you look in medicine: from oncology, cardiology, radiology — and pretty much any other “-ology” — it’s either physicians with a physics mindset or physicians working in tandem with physicists that have pushed the envelope. We’re now seeing the same with coding.
If you’re a young doctor, those that can code are those that are currently changing the game (although whether we like how the game is being changed is another discussion entirely).
My point is, to make big changes, you need to embrace the cliché and think outside the box, and that almost always needs fresh perspectives.
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