Thursday, February 02, 2006
An MIT survey of teens finds that they are very hopeful about technology's promise for the future, but have some very funny ideas about their future careers. 17 percent said they were considering medicine, but only 9 percent were interested in science. This is something I've noticed in hearing people (including, horrifyingly, some clinicians) talk about medical careers: they forget that a career in medicine really must include being a scientist. You can't be an effective clinician if you can't keep up with new advances in treatments and evidence-based medicine. You can't do that unless you have a very firm grasp of scientific methods.