When I was asked to review [Frankenstein in the Emergency Department: Doctors, Monsters, Ambition, Progress, and Their Trade-off], I stopped abruptly when I read the following:
At that point in my career, instead of focusing on honing my clinical skills, I felt that I could, and had to move on to other goals – achievements that would actually matter to my career in the long run.
I had to research; I had to publish and keep up with my colleagues with their umpteenth publication in a peer-reviewed, high-impact factor journal. That was not enough! Artificial intelligence [AI] had entered the realm of medicine, and the latest brouhaha was over AI's ability to replace humans to do better triaging! Had I missed the proverbial boat? … My mind dreamed of a day when doctors would not see another patient, and my inventions would provide the best outcomes.
The path was clear as day – my road to success was in the extracurricular activities that I did … From invitations to committees to nominations for chief resident, it felt right, the direction my career was headed – for ‘greater things’ (1).
- Ratzan R.M.Frankenstein in the emergency department: doctors, monsters, ambition, progress, and their trade-off.J Emerg Med. 2019;
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Published online: November 25, 2019
Accepted: May 13, 2019
Received in revised form: April 22, 2019
Received: January 30, 2019
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