~ Tips for navigating a disruptive future ~

A recent article in the Australian media publication, SmartCompany, discusses the “rise of machines” and five jobs that robots could take over first, before other professions. Doctors and medical professionals were included in the top 5 list, along with middle management office workers, commodity salespeople, accountants and bookkeepers and report writers and journalists.

Remote surgery has been common practice for many years and working with robots in surgical situations is expected to become the norm for routine procedures. This is not only in the US , as mentioned in the article, but also in Australia, with the country’s first robotic surgery training centre opened less than a year ago in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

What does the future look like for doctors and surgeons and what will be the impact on the medical industry?

We don’t have the answer here, but look to history and changes over the ages for some guidance on how we might respond to disruption. Here are a few tips:

  1. Maintain an open mindset – Simply being aware that you may not know everything is the first step to being open to new experiences, a valuable perspective to have in changing times.
  1. Develop a learning habit – Stay up-to-date with your CPD points and look to developing skills in new subject matters.
  1. Keep up to date – Read the news daily, read about things outside of the healthcare industry, watch for developing trends.
  1. Take a risk, go outside the box – Be it a holiday adventure or learning to rock climb, try something new at least once a year. Make it a life event, schedule it in the diary, talk about your experience with friends and colleagues. The ability to take a risk will help you take on unknown changes in the future.
  1. Stay grounded and resilient – Read a book on how to be resilient or develop the habit of mindfulness meditation. These are skills that will help you stay calm in spite of the ensuing chaos around you.
  1. Smile! – As they say, when all else fails, simply smile. Perception is the key and laughter and smiling, no matter how forced, tricks your brain into believing all is well. Sometimes, that’s all you need to be able to see things through to the other end! 🙂



SmartCompany – Rise of the machines: Here are the five jobs robots could take first

ABC: Australia’s first robotic surgery training centre to open in Sydney

Psychology Today: Smile: A Powerful Tool