5 TED Talks About Working in Healthcare

Whether through shows of innovation, questioning norms, or plain displays of our current capabilities, these five TED Talks about working in healthcare have much to offer. How advanced are we today in the healthcare industry? What are some things one might encounter or need to consider that are not necessarily taught in school in order to be in specific areas of the industry? Let’s get to the talks.

Brian Goldman: Doctors Make Mistakes. Can We Talk About That?

Brian Goldman is an emergency room physician as well as broadcasting radio host. In this most revealing of TED Talks about working in healthcare, Goldman goes against the grain by embracing and being open to the idea of doctors making mistakes. He insists that this type of further openness would enhance doctors’ experience as well as the doctor-patient relationship. Himself being a doctor, Goldman shares some memorable stories and gives a great argument for the more humble and in-touch doctor.

Daniel Kraft: A Better Way To Harvest Bone Marrow

TED Talks about working in healthcare can also at times illustrate the great link between science, medicine, and invention. Such is the case of this particular presentation on a breakthrough device and methodology for safely and more effectively collecting donor bone marrow. Daniel Kraft is an esteemed physician-scientist and inventor. He created the Marrow Miner in an effort to make better a known, difficult and very painful process of collecting marrow. From his passionate TED Talk, one can really begin to feel a sense of admiration for the innovative processes behind mankind’s advancing medical field.

Erica Frenkel: The Universal Anesthesia Machine

Erica Frenkel provides us with another talk demonstrating the inventive side of healthcare professions. Here she demonstrates an innovative machine designed to maintain basic vital life support in a power outage situation. This technology would is be unimaginably beneficial in the many medical facilities that do not have backup power systems. With this device the patients chances of survival are infinitely better should any power outage occur during the procedure. Frenkel is a medical technologist, humanitarian, and consultant for the Liberian Health Ministry as well as Merck Vaccines.

Abraham Verghese: A Doctor’s Touch

A figure in Dr. Silverman’s physician behavior essay is quoted as saying “It is unsettling how little it takes to defeat success in medicine. You come as a professional equipped with expertise and technology. You do not imagine that a mere matter of etiquette could foil you. But the social dimension turns out to be as essential as the scientific matter of how casual you should be, how formal, how reticent, how forthright.” The matter of bedside manner and more intimate doctor-patient relations is crucial in this evolving, futuristic world of medicine argues leading physician and author, Abraham Verghese. His TED Talk speaks to the question of balance between traditionalism and futuristic, less personable forms of medical practice.

Jack Choi: On The Virtual Dissection Table

In the last of our TED Talks about working in healthcare, the ever-changing industry, CEO Jack Choi of Anatomage, a company specializing 3D medical technology, presents the fascinating Virtual Dissection Table. Demonstrating how his training table works, through providing virtual dissections and anatomical exploration of a virtual body, we get an astonishing insight into the future of the medical profession. Students and active professionals alike may soon benefit from this very appealing technology. Considering this comes to us from TED2012, it is by now probably safe to consider it well introduced to the medical community.

There are so many facets to today’s healthcare field and even more to the ways in which it grows. Without a doubt though, the future is here in all areas of the field. These five TED Talks about working in healthcare show us much of what workers in the field can expect of the future.

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