Dear Doctors, nurses, therapists…..
Are you ready for unemployment ?
Did I get your attention?
There is no such thing as job security
There is no such thing as high demand career
You are as useful as the next existing technology
I’m sure many of you have seen the video about robotic surgery, smart chatting software that can diagnose much better then human doctors and of course the upcoming bio and nanotechnology innovation slowly coming into healthcare
If you are a hospital administrator, or a health budget planning committee……why on earth will you keep a workforce that needs to be paid, always complains, takes too long to train up or upgrade?
Why not get a synthetic workforce which can replace entire OT theatre/ entire OPD floor and of course automated personalised pharmatherapeutics?
Are you starting to sweat?
Is your pulse rising?
When did you last check your bank balance? Do you have enough to survive unemployment?
Before you faint…….there is a chance YOU may not be replaced……or in another way…..cannot be replaced in this century atleast
So what quality do you have that just might save your career…..or maybe you will earn more money in the future?
Do I mean you will be a technician for these robot doctors and android nurses?
At the end of the day….or even this century…..human patients still need the human touch
Part of healing occurs through bedside manners/professionalism……soft skills like empathy which I kept repeating my previous chapters
Artificial intelligence did not reach up to that level of higher brain function yet……so if you are able to show empathy, communication and complex problem solving skills……such as personalised care according to eac patient…….you have a future
But the risk of replacement is not science fiction
Even now in many industries like the RMG sector……Bangladeshi workers are getting replaced and or not getting higher promotion because they are no displaying higher brain functions in terms of interpersonal skills and team building
The Health sector is next…..don’t worry about robots replacing you
Foreign physicians and foreign trained professionals can easily replace you…..they will get higher salaries……and YOU will serve THEM!
That my friends is scientific fact…….
Stop chasing degrees
Invest in skills training that improves your patient interaction
Speak longer, nicer and more professional to your patients……that’s what they want……not fancy degrees
Hopefully the ViOS team will introduce the first of many Medical Soft Skills Training Courses in the near future……
So please stay tuned….