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ReneCardenas
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ReneCardenas   5/31/2011 11:49:47 PM
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Rich, Agree that when looking from that angle there is clear biases as in regard to performance as individual ages. I see your point regarding how differently these professions are rewarded.

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ReneCardenas   1/31/2011 4:03:09 AM
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Both of these professions are equally noble and should be promoted to future student equally, in my opinion. A case can be made that in general terms a physician deals daily and directly with benefit on an individual basis, so it is more visible. In addition, most if not all physicians are required to up hold a “Do not harm” pledge. Engineers do by their efforts make the medical care more effective with improved diagnostic devices and communication tools. Although engineers may not be held to a Hippocratic Oath, both professions have ethics at their core; both provide similar benefit to human kind. In brief, a comparison is a futile effort to contrast two branches of knowledge; any attempt would only reflect the individual’s bias and perhaps their professional background.

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DrQuine   1/7/2011 3:25:52 PM
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Physicians are essential in the short term because they can heal the sick (before they die). Engineers may have the potential to make life saving improvements in the world - but the benefits may be a long time coming while most businesses have very short term vision. The result is that engineers are at greater risk of layoffs and more at the mercy of economic cycles than physicians are. Engineers must also spend more time explaining their future value to their organization (which may be tempted to hire more sales people to get immediate revenue without regard to the lack of breakthrough products in the development pipeline for the future).

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phoenixdave   1/7/2011 1:52:55 PM
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"didn't take into account how easily an engineering task can be outsourced, compared to a medical task." Actually, many doctors offices now run with only a doctor, nurse, and receptionist. The tests are outsourced, the blood draw outsourced, the reading of any x-rays or cat scans is done in India, and the billing is outsourced.

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prabhakar_deosthali   1/7/2011 12:56:01 PM
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If we see the medical science today it is heavily dependent on the machines. You just have a sneeze and go to the doctor and he will write a series of pathological tests to verify that you don't have Malaria, typhoid, Swine-flu etc etc and then and then only he will declare that you have common cold. Such is the dependency of the medical profession on engineering nowadays that the doctors today have become like mechanics. With the hospitals becoming profit centers , I would not like to call the medical profession a noble profession. Because, the life is precious only for those who can pay the fat bills of the doctors. For today's doctors the monetary returns count more than the service of the people and welfare of the society.

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