While I must agree that the tech changes even in the past 10 years of medicine have revolutionized the practice of medicine, I’m not so willing to give up on an older’s doctor’s level of experience. I may know the latest guidelines, and practice more evidence-based medicine, but until I’ve got a couple thousand patients under my belt, I’d much rather see someone older than a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed just-out-of-residency hooligan like myself in half a decade.
But now here’s the question: will it be easier for my generation to keep up, or harder? Now that we’re being trained in a computer and tech-aware world, will it be easier for us to a) keep up with change, b) learn faster and easier, or c) understand the new lab data and treatment options? That is, will we be just making more different types of antibodies, or will treatments become even more novel and hard to learn the second time around?
I’m hoping, of course, it’ll be easier. It’s like computers; we grew up with them, so we’ll (hopefully) always we able to understand the interface. Then again, I grew up with a Nintendo, and I can’t play anything more advanced than that worth a damn.