Friday, August 29, 2008

The Certification Issue

Personally, I'm horrified. Why do they toss so many hurdles in our path? The US, what with mass firings and rampant outsourcing, has become a nation of career-changers. And the American Medical Association stubbornly stands in our way--Oh, if you want to become a doctor you have to go to medical school, oh, you can't practice medicine without a license.

Picky, picky, picky.

What if some young journalist gets it in her mind to be a doctor for a year and report on it? I mean, you could become a teacher and report on it. So why on earth can't you become a physician? You never get a journalist's POV on what it's like to be a doctor.

What's more, what if truly creative folks like Meryl Streep and Colin Powell decide they want to be doctors? Wouldn't it be cool to have a really famous celebrity remove your appendix? Or whatever they happen to find when they open you up?

It's all the agenda of those medical schools--they want medicine practiced in a certain way just to fulfill their narrow agenda, and they don't want newcomers to bring a fresh outlook, which is certainly what is needed. I mean, the other day I was in a doctor's office and all there was to read was Arthritis Today. Do you honestly believe Meryl Streep would lay out a magazine like that as the sole way for her patients to pass the time?

It's time for an alternative licensing procedure, and I certainly hope that whoever becomes President uses the bully pulpit to promote this idea. America is a nation at risk, and therefore needs to take more chances on unexamined and unproven reforms. And if they're proven not to work, we need to not only expand these programs, but add even more unexamined and unproven reforms.

It's the American Way.

Isn't it?
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