Dear Dell Medical School,
I chanced upon your website thanks to a link from my wife. I am very impressed by what I see. Imagine - a medical school that rethinks health. Rethinks everything. Beautiful.
But will you really rethink everything?
I hope you will. But what sets the rare ones apart is that they not only think anew, but act anew. They go beyond "bigger and better" to offer something truly trailblazing. In that spirit, I offer two points to think and act on:
(1) The health system of the future (and the ever-growing present) is an inter-professional system. Most major academic medical centers are developing a department of integrative medicine, recognizing that health must be approached comprehensively from many perspectives. Today's medical students of every healing system, including allopathy, ayurveda, chiropractic, and traditional Chinese medicine, among others, must have exposure to all the major healing systems if they are going to be true stewards of the health of our communities. They must know the principles of each healing system while becoming a master of one. Only then will they be able to serve their patients best by offering their mastery but also knowing how and when to collaborate with other approaches to health and healing. The best way to do this is to develop a department of integrative medicine and form relationships with schools of other healing systems and modalities. That kind of collaborative learning will lay the foundation for a revolution in health and health education in this country - one that will allow healthcare and wellbeing to converge.
(2) The most comprehensive problem in healthcare today is not operational. It is informational. The basic information about anatomy that we have been studying in medical school is incomplete. About a century ago, science discovered that the physical world of atoms and molecules that medical students learn about is actually built on a foundation of energy and information. Physicists know this, but healthcare doesn't. Exploring this knowledge is key to developing a common language and understanding across multiple healing systems, as well as developing new healthcare technologies. This is a conversation that every medical student has to know about.
As is the case for all true innovators, you will be be both lauded and criticized if you choose to take the above steps. But looking back a couple decades from now, Dell will be seen as a pioneering medical school that was the first to open its eyes to the future.
Anoop Kumar, MD, MM