Video of Dr Eric Topol’s Commencement Speech to the first digital natives to qualify as Doctors



You’ve had the script now here’s the video from Baylor College of Medicine sharing the slide deck and adding the extra touch that only Dr Eric Topol can deliver. Unmissable viewing.

Something worth noting:

Did you notice in the video how few of the graduates responded that they knew about twitter, had heard about the iPhone ECG, etc? I saw something very similar with students Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli invited me to talk to some time back at the Medical School I attended. I mentioned at the time that if I had stopped a bus passing outside I was likely to have found more users of smartphones than in the hands of these future clinicians.

Perhaps the academic demands of Medical Schools are self selecting students who are behind the adoption curve and 2012 isn’t actually a class of digital natives (something that’s probably skewed even further in the USA where many med graduates have undertaken double degrees and are a bit older, BCM is a private med school, etc).

With research linking between Facebook use and lower academic grades it’s not surprising that we have low adoption by med students (who need AAA+ results to gain admission) but with a career ahead of them that’s not going to be possible without a smart device it’s time Medical Educators followed the lead of Stanford, the Welsh Deanery and Leeds.

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