Creativity in Medicine.

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    • Abstract:
      Science fiction, one of the more intriguing and imaginative genres, implements an inquisitive nature that is all but lost in modern science. Once considered the product of genius or divine inspiration, creativity -- the ability to spot problems and devise smart solutions -- is recognized as a prized and teachable skill. Creativity and novel thought are the backbones of civilization and progress, yet the study of creativity is unfortunately not part of the formal curricular instruction in most academic healthcare settings. One may contend that medicine loses its touch with humanity as technology becomes more involved in the process, but human ingenuity and our ardent desire to improve outdated solutions and reduce the pain, time, and stress of a treatment or test illustrates how creativity is spurred in junction with technology. Chance, Competition, Collaboration, Crisis, Curiosity, Culture, and Convergence are the critical forces that play a pivotal role in shaping our creative destiny in both our personal lives and organizational functions. This cycles back to the collaborative section above as people with unique abilities and expertise can congregate to solve endless problems, but it is reliant on communication, proximity, and one's own intrinsic desires. When we mix non-medical contexts with medicine it can help uplift productivity, versatility, and passion. Ultimately, convergence can enhance medicine in unexpected and innovative means, seeping into research, clinical care, and public health. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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