“There’s a lot of pressure on the medical profession to get better, to be the best,” says Dr. John C. Williams, an orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta who was one of the founders of the medical school at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
And so when the new president takes office on Jan. 20, he will likely face the same kind of uncertainty as the rest of us. “
I can understand the frustration and frustration and the anxiety and the uncertainty and the sadness that comes with that.”
And so when the new president takes office on Jan. 20, he will likely face the same kind of uncertainty as the rest of us.
“We are in the midst of the most significant political transition in the history of our nation,” Dr. Williams says.
“The new administration is the first in nearly 70 years that has not had a physician-led White House.”
So how do you make sure you have the best medical team in place when you’re trying to find the best treatments?
A lot of the doctors who work at Johns, including Dr. Howard Sacks, have already resigned from the medical team, according to a recent report from the New York Times.
And they’re not alone.
A new survey from the Boston University School of Medicine found that more than a quarter of doctors say they’d be willing to leave their jobs if President Trump appointed a surgeon-general to lead the country.
And there’s reason to be hopeful.
As a recent Gallup poll found, 63 percent of Americans now think the nation is headed in the right direction, with support for the Affordable Care Act and the GOP’s tax bill rising.
So for the new President, a doctor-led transition could be just the ticket.
“It’s going to be very, very interesting to see how that unfolds,” says Dan R. Loeser, a neurosurgeon at Harvard Medical School and a former medical director at the National Institutes of Health.
“But there’s nothing in this country that would prepare you for a world where you have an American surgeon-chief running a hospital.”
So you know what that means: A new surgeon-department.
The next president will be the one in charge of a medical system that has been in a state of flux for years.
We have a number of things that are going to have to be sorted out, starting with the new White House and the new surgeon general, says Dr, Dr. James H. O’Brien, the president of the American College of Surgeons.
“First, the medical professionals need to understand that it’s not going to happen overnight,” he says.
And in the meantime, “you have to figure out what’s best for the country.”
In the meantime you have to think about how to keep your job, says Michael O’Neill, a physician and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry.
“That’s a difficult thing to do, because the first order of business is what’s going on with the nation,” he adds.
“To the extent that it can be done, it can help us to make the best decisions.”
So the next few weeks are going get very exciting, Drs.
Williams and O’Donnell say.
But the real excitement starts on Jan 1.
When the new administration takes office, “It will be very difficult for the medical community to get into a position of competence, even if that is necessary,” Drs O’Connor and Williams say.
So you have got to make sure that you’ve got a team that has the right skillsets and that you have people who understand the system.
And that means hiring the right people.
And when you do that, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can find the right medical teams and people to take over.