Between groups representing mid-levels aggressively lobbying congressional bodies to gain more power, the future of new technologies (such as A.I./machine learning, and things like the now defunct "Theranos") it seems like things are generally moving toward a future that rely less on physicians for medical problems. That was the entire basis behind Theranos and I thank our lucky stars that it was a company rife with fraud – which led to its demise. Their entire product was designed with idea to "get your labs done without the need for a physician".
I don't really see many physicians talking about this, but it genuinely causes me a lot of worry. I don't feel like physicians have any representative body that is actually protecting our jobs in the same way that a trade union might. Are my concerns justified? Being a young physician, I am honestly afraid that in 15-20 years I may not have much job security. That or I just need to switch into a surgical field.
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