population sciences, and health management and policy will all be required to
ensure that e-health applications and
e-health systems are designed with an
evidence-based focus and with attention
to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship.
That patient-physician relationship
has been and will continue evolving with
time, both as a byproduct of technological advances as well as shifting societal
values. From the paternal house calls
of the early 1900s to the present day
physician-led tweet chats, modes of communication have changed, yet the goals
of restoring patients’ health and well-being remain steadfast. Relieved of the
unrealistic expectations of the mythical
surgeon, the medical students and residents of today must leverage the tools of
modern communication with the grace
and humility of the human surgeon to
fulfill the goals of the founders of the
ACS and continue “to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient.” ♦
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