I admit, tech-entrepreneur hype took over me when I was in my last year of medical school. I do not remember how I started to read about entrepreneurship, it just occured. I am Forbes, FastCompany, Entrepreneur… magazine subscriber and it is being very inspirational reading through some of the success stories in mentioned articles. Aha, I remember now. it was when I read this article by Vinod Khosla: Technology will replace 80 % of what doctors do.
As a medical student I was not keen about the idea. After all I spend long years studying medicine and now computers will take over our position. I remember being so absorbed in studies that I barely had time to think or do anything else. I do not regret it but I do think that having broader picture of how world function is not bad idea at all. Let’s go back to the story. So after reading this Fortune article I started to read about tech innovations and this soon lead me to the sillicon valley start ups. Do not be surprised, but for an average med student as myself, this revelation was quite incredible. So, next discovery was that developers are gods. If you want to start a start-up it must be in the tech field and if it is in the tech field you must know how to code.
Before I started to code I made a lot of brainstorming about different problems that could be solved in the field of healthcare. I got many of them and after not so much time I realized that all were already ‘taken’. I said to myself that the best thing would be to learn how to code so I will be able to create something. So I started, at the moment I had some free time, it was just after graduation so I went through some courses and read few books. Now after few months I am still not able to write a decent program. In addition, working as MD does not give me a lot of time for my coding education. But still it was great experience. It gave me valuable insights. Even if I will not be able to write the simplest program, learning to code was valuable lesson (and still is):
1. Learning to code helped me to meet a lot of people from the fields such as entrepreneurship, computer science, programming. It was great learning how they work and think. I think every physician who has enthusiasm for tech, computers, entrepreneurship should met a lot of people from these fields.
2. Learning to code helped me to learn that programming is not that cool as it may be presented in media. This experience, made me reevaluate the privilege that I have being physician. One thing we will always need is a knowledge how to help people feel better. Working as MD can be a good way to do that. Combining that with technology can be even more potent.
3. I learned some basics about computers and can be calm in not believing Vinod Khosla words. At least not in near future as he is predicting.
So if you are wondering whether or not you should started learn coding I think it will be rewarding and valuable experience. Even if you will not turn pro developer.