The House of Medicine is in shambles. Learn how myDoqter will revolutionize the physician-patient relationship and help us #TakeBackMedicine.
They say Medicine was like a House. The House had many rooms, some general and some highly specialized. There were libraries. There were research rooms.
There were interactive areas where patients and family could be seen.
There were quiet rooms where patients could rest and recover.
There was a Doctor’s Lounge where physicians could eat, rest, and recuperate.
There was even a well-structured boot camp area where young students and doctors could prepare and transform themselves to enter the House.
It was challenging and daunting, but the challenge was worth it for the House was a mansion full of wonders, health, and healing.
Doctors came and went in and out of the House, but the House stood strong - an independent institution in its own right.
The House took care of all who entered - doctors, nurses, assistants, and even administrators.
Everyone had a role to play and they did their part.
It was not just a House, but also a complex orchestration and a vibrant symphony.
We all remember that moment we would commit to enter that House.
For some, we were wide-eyed children and knew it was our destiny.
For others, it may have been a certain life experience that opened their eyes to the mission.
Still others shift careers later in life looking for a more meaningful way to contribute.
Whatever the story, we all had that moment of resolve and grit to make that commitment and travel the hard road. We would face its challenges and travails and its ups and downs.
But we were committed to entering the House and we would do whatever it took.
That House is now in shambles and we need to rebuild.
And who should do it?
And with what?
To answer these questions requires us as physicians to look back to where we came from and look within to harness our power to move forward.
How do we rebuild?
Physicians face a daunting task to be sure, but we needn’t fear for while the House is weak, its foundation remains strong. If we return to this foundation, we will find solid ground on which to build. The foundation was laid down by centuries of physician leaders that came before us. We know the names - Hippocrates, Avicenna, Maimonides, Osler, and Halstead are just a few. The foundation they laid down consisted not of the specific science of the day, but the tenets of commitment to science and knowledge combined with the compassion to heal and serve.
The foundations upon which we are to build are the values of our profession, those values that we are called to serve: “do no harm,” service, compassion, assimilation of humanity’s ocean of medical knowledge, and non-avarice. Those values live on today. The legacy has been transmitted from generation to generation and they live through us in the very oaths we take.
Who should rebuild?
It is those individuals who have committed themselves to the values of the House of Medicine who should lead the rebuild. When the House was strong, it flourished under and because of physician leadership. Only physicians are committed to the House’s core values, for it is only they who take the oaths to serve patients first. We must remember there are no others sworn to this cause. It’s time to dust ourselves off and look in the mirror. There you will see the physician builder leading Medicine into the new millennium.
With what do we rebuild?
Perhaps the biggest challenge for the physician community is to identify the new building blocks of the House. Today’s bricks and mortar are new. They consist of technology, media, and data. We must rebuild with these building blocks on a foundation of our profession’s core values. There is an epic battle between conservatism and progress, but we as physicians intimately know the importance of balance. We now must conserve and guard the timeless values of our profession as we march and progress into the new digital age.
We face many challenges to be sure, but they fall into two buckets:
1. Erosion of physician autonomy and financial independence.
2. Societal suspicion and disrespect for the expertise and knowledge of our House of Medicine.
To rebuild our House, we need to invoke our strength, clarity, and hope.
On December 10, 2015, myDoqter was born.
The idea started among a small group of friends.
There was one simple aim: to restore the sanctity of the patient-doctor relationship.
As the concept transformed itself from imagination to life, we have been joined and supported by many physician friends along the way.
Friendship is the connection that enables us to create more than we could create as individuals alone.
It is this spirit of friendship, collegiality, collaboration, and synergy that will carry us forward.
The core values of myDoqter can be summed up by the AEIOU’s. They are simple, yet deeply profound:
• Physician Autonomy to practice
• Empowerment of the patient – doctor relationship
• Independence (financial and otherwise) of physicians and Medicine
• Physician Oversight of Medicine
• Public re-education about YOU and our House
Together we can rebuild our House based on the values we hold dear. Our blueprint for the House has two wings:
1. PR: Public Re-Education:
Through our profile feature, physicians can promote their expertise as doctors educated in the medical school paradigm. We are a network of America’s Real Doctors.
We will re-educate America on our credentials, our training, our expertise, and how to find us. We aim to accomplish this through:
• Establishing a Network of physician-led practices
• Creating robust physician profiles with photos, video and your credentials that highlight your expertise and skills
• Peer reviews to reform the review process and make current unprofessional online review sites obsolete
• Graphic depictions of years of physician education by specialty
• myDoqter content featuring your books, media appearances, and publications to show we are the experts of Medicine
2. VR: Virtual Resources:
As physicians we must build and provide technology tools for ourselves if they are to be intelligently designed to meet our needs and be cost effective and affordable. Today’s office-based technology tools are exceedingly costly, clunky, and burdensome because they were not designed by physicians.
The myDoqter platform provides all your front office functionality including online scheduling, reputation management, contact-free payments, and more - all with physician and patient’s needs and input in mind.
Through building our own technology and data libraries, we can maintain physician autonomy and create new financial resources to go back to the physician community and patient care. We must also be committed to maintaining medical data and sensitive patient information under physician purview so it can be used for advancing science and patient care rather than merely for financial gain.
Many physicians are seasoned investors and are familiar with the concept or ROI, or return on investment. As a group, we need to create sources of ROI for individual physicians and the profession as a whole lest we be weak and dis-empowered in the future. Weak physicians, weak science, and weak Medicine leads to weak health and wellbeing, weak people, and weak societies. Hence, physicians and medicine are known as pillars of society.
For physicians, while financial ROI is important, the true ROI of years of sacrifice is living a value-driven life and contributing to the world. It is time for us to seriously ask what happened to that true ROI as we live lives mired in anxiety, frustration, and insecurity.
Together, we need to restore the practical ROI to run our practices, but we need to also restore the true ROI and guide the profession and the legacy of Medicine as a whole. Many of us committed to our profession at a young age because there was a dream. We were inspired to follow in the footsteps of those giants who came before us to rise and serve. But now the dream is dying. So many physicians say they would advise the young to pursue a career in Medicine only with great caution, as they feel burned out, financially burdened, belittled, and demoralized.
But we cannot let the dream die. We need doctors to raise the ideal, care for the suffering, and we need the best among us to preserve, teach, and advance humanity’s most precious body of knowledge. Amidst the turbulence of modern life, people are searching high and low for “truth and authenticity.” We must recall the tenets and values of our dear Medicine, for they are aspects of Truth.
As physicians, we come from all colors and stripes from all over the world, but there is an underlying unity driven by our desire to strive for the highest human ideals. Despite our superficial differences, we speak one common language of science and healing. We must work together, to provide ourselves hope and restore balance, service, compassion, and the intellectual rigor of Medicine.
We each can contribute to our dear House that is now in shambles. It is up to us for we are the true physicians of the new millennium building the future of health and medicine; only we can keep the dream alive.
When the House was strong, it flourished under and because of physician leadership.