Feature Christmas 2017: The Lives of Doctors

From app developer to WhatsApp queen—stereotypes of 21st century doctors

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5663 (Published 11 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5663
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Stereotypes of rugger-bugger orthopods and self medicating gas men are old hat. Anne Gulland explores the stereotypes plaguing 21st century doctors

Doctors know all about the old stereotypes: anaesthetists love gadgets and self medicating; orthopaedic surgeons are rugby playing public school types; and A&E doctors just love to get stuck in.

But what about the 21st century doctor? After extensive research (honest), The BMJ has come up with a list of the new breeds of doctors stalking the nation’s wards and consulting rooms.

The app developer

She’s got this little side hustle going on, which is set to disrupt healthcare. She’s in stealth mode at the moment but is looking for crowdfunding so that she can upscale her idea.

Basically, she’s come up with a device which, when hooked up to an iPhone (OK, it works with Android too), will be able to monitor a patient’s symptoms, perform routine procedures such as taking bloods and inserting IVs, and even organise the coffee rota. And—this is the really cool part—she’s built in an algorithm that allows it to learn iteratively. So, the more it performs a procedure, the better it will get.

It’s still in the development stages, so she doesn’t really have the bandwidth to concentrate on her day job. But do you fancy …

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