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Medicine vs. IT. Medicine and IT?

 
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How many here have considered adding medical skills to their �skill set�? How many have pondered leaving IT to become a full time doctor or nurse? Several doctors I�ve talked to (and some of them are national leaders in medical management) comment that there is going to be an explosion in medical technology in the next ten to twenty years. Some of my friends in medical school right now are saying (almost griping and complaining) that they are going to be sent back to school to learn tech skills. Could a hybrid career help us keep pace with globalization and offshore outsourcing?
 
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An Extreme Programming doctor.
I know a doctor training to be a consultant who is steeped in computer technology while doing medical research. I think it is possible to learn both medecine and technology that way but applying it to a business or other field requires a long exposure to that field.
It'll be nigh on impossible to have two careers running simultaneously if that's what you are suggesting. Neither employer will have it unless it is a company producing medical equipment.(Here I assume you'll be learning technology first and medecine second).
Here you could opt for a specialised skill-set. You'd have to be very good to think of specialising this way. I think it also narrows your career options as experience in each field matters and I don't see how you can juggle that.
Would you also be doubling your tax burden is something to think about.
Anyone else's thoughts ?
regards
[ September 28, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
 
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Originally posted by L Durrell:
How many here have considered adding medical skills to their �skill set�? How many have pondered leaving IT to become a full time doctor or nurse? Several doctors I�ve talked to (and some of them are national leaders in medical management) comment that there is going to be an explosion in medical technology in the next ten to twenty years. Some of my friends in medical school right now are saying (almost griping and complaining) that they are going to be sent back to school to learn tech skills. Could a hybrid career help us keep pace with globalization and offshore outsourcing?



Hi,
Why not? Currently, I have seen two doctors with MS Degrees. Personally, I do not like their diagnostic methodologies. They think my body is a machinery or something along the line.
In UCLA hospital have two medical doctors primary job is babysitting the hospital computer networks. Hell, have anyone wonder why their health bills only go up.
Your friends and colleagues may have a good point. Conceptually, he/she probably be send back to school learn how to operate the machinery. In real life, you have nurse and assistant handle that for you. I do not think you need to know technologies in detail as if you are in IT profession because software will be far more robust and easier to use. Anyone in the software industry do not recognize that trend and smell the money sources, he/she should be unemployed. I begin to see Software Quality Engineer and management getting serious with their professions comparing to present and previous POV that if developer careful with his/her codes, there is no need for SQE career field. It is a dead wrong. The manufacturing and hardware industries have made the same grave mistakes previously.
Regards,
MCao
 
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