Among the many recurring topics, this year has been the impact of machine learning in our lives, especially the implications for our future work life. Prophecies range from ubiquitous utopian machine servants to a dystopian ravaging, hollowing out the work and economic standing of the middle and lower classes. “What can machine learning do? Workforce implications” by Erik Brynjolfsson and Tom Mitchell in Science provides some perspective on machine learning ...

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Recently, there has been a number of articles on reducing the length of medical training to help ease the physician shortage. And our medical curriculum is due for a major overhaul. Its foundational document, the Flexner report, was released over 100 years ago, and our medical needs and knowledge have changed. Shortening medical education may provide a “bonus” in easing the anticipated shortage of physicians ...

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Take a moment to ask yourself the following: 1. Did I come to practice medicine because it was a calling, rather than a possibly lucrative career path? 2. Do I consider the practice of medicine primarily an art, a craft and the consistent application of evidence-based care? 3. Do I respond to inner measures of prideful work more than the appeal of external motivators? 4. Are there lines that cannot be crossed, even if ...

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