becoming a [do]ctor


Future of prescribing?

I’m sitting in a class right now, listening to a doctor go on and on about prescription drugs- their uses, mechanisms, and side effects.  He’s tossing around names; each drug has two nonsensical names that we are to commit to memory along with all their baggage.   We’ll skip the discussion on American’s being over prescribed for now, but I can’t help and wonder if this is necessary.   With the advent of ultraportable personal information devices with permanent internet connections, how often will physicians in five years be relying on their memories to correctly dose patients?   It would be easier, and safer, to have the current up to-date information at your fingertips.  The New York Times 
(sorry, can’t remember the link for the article) recently ran an article that stated that physicians use mostly the same medications they were taught to use during their residency.  Also, with the advent of direct to consumer drug advertising, what effect does that have on prescribing practices?  If you’re going from your memory, how likely are you to be objective when you’re writing a script?  Granted, knowing exactly what you’re prescribing is extremely important, but how useful is knowing the mechanisms or antidepressants when you’re a radiologist?  I guess the real underlying question is – is medical education outdated?  

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