5 Skills Medical Students Need For The Future – The Medical Futurist


If you’re a medical student trying to prepare
for the future of medicine, here are 5 skills that you’re going to need to stay ahead
of the curve. Patient design For decades, the medical community has left
the single most important player out of every major decision regarding healthcare: the patient. Medical students and doctors should understand
and embrace the idea that the patient is at the center of our universe. No matter whether it’s about developing
a new drug, designing a new treatment path or shaping the blueprint of a brand new hospital
building, patients should be involved in the highest level of decision-making. Even the FDA has a patient engagement advisory
board! 2) Lead the way in digital health Credibility is crucial. As a doctor, you cannot say to a patient to
live a healthier life when you smoke like a chimney and sit in front of the TV with
snacks every night. Medical students, physicians, nurses and other
medical professionals should try health apps, fitness trackers, and wearables themselves
to understand and be able to recommend them to patients. 3) Be at home in the digital jungle The necessity for digital literacy is evident. Knowing how to search-for, find and assess
information is key. The use of online media, even Facebook, Twitter
or Linkedin gives me wings for doing my job. With their help, I can always stay on top
of the current trends and innovations. But social media can also be an active part
of our job as a medical professional. In the case of rare diseases and medical mysteries,
specialized forums can be incredibly useful to solve the puzzles. There are no boundaries anymore to hold us
back from taking the extra mile. And with the rise of empowered patients, we
also have a duty to meet them halfway. 4) Focus on soft skills No matter how A.I. will progress in the future,
there’s always going to be a need for a human touch. Especially for patients who might feel lost
and vulnerable. As technologies advance and gain a bigger
role in healthcare, simply paying attention and turning to patients with compassion will
become an increasingly valuable asset. Chatbots, smart algorithms, and other technologies
will probably make a lot of human contact unnecessary, but they will create a world
where visiting a human doctor might even be more expensive than technology. 5.) Improving cognitive capabilities I cannot stress enough the importance of the
constant improvement of cognitive capabilities. According to new research, complex problem
solving and critical thinking will be the most required skills on the job market. And while A.I. might help us out with diagnostics,
the one thing where we will always be able to stay relevant in the future of healthcare
is our ability to take all the available information and come up with a creative solution on how
to heal patients. The takeaway from all this is that we can’t
stop the impending technological revolution and we shouldn’t either. It will make healthcare infinitely better
and easier. And the medical profession will definitely
change but we shouldn’t be afraid to lose our jobs. We simply have to adapt. We have to work on the skills that make us
exceptional human beings. So when it comes to a battle between technology
and us, we have the right upgraded skills to find our new place in healthcare where
we let technologies support what we do.

3 thoughts on “5 Skills Medical Students Need For The Future – The Medical Futurist

  1. Nice content, Im a graduated nurse from Spain, and I've put all my cards to ehealth, I'm studying Python3 and in few months I will start a 2 year programming course of Cross-platform App Development, do you see good job prospective for healthcare professionals that make a "hybrid" profession from this?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *