We spend a lot of time in medicine in education. Pursuing medicine as a career requires embracing learning for a lifetime, because there is always something new, always something different, new approaches, new medications, new discoveries — we want what’s best for our patients, and you can’t deliver on that promise unless you know what’s out there.
As a consequence, we spend time trying to organize information, categorize it, study it, make sense of it. In order to recognize a diagnosis, you have to think of it. That’s what makes older, more experienced doctors useful to younger doctors — they are uniquely positioned to say “been there, done that — seen it once before.”
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