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A Piece of My Mind
August 16, 2000

Ten e-pistles for the e-fficient trimillennial physician

JAMA. 2000;284(7):806. doi:10.1001/jama.284.7.806

As, in the year 2000 PC, we enter the third millennium, the demands on physicians are different from those in the previous two millennia. There are ten e-ssential criteria required to function as an e-fficient trimillennial (ET) physician, from now until e-ternity (the end of the e-lectronic age as we know it).

1. e-volution of information technology (IT)

The modern physician must have a keen sense of the e-volution of IT. IT was not built in a day but was founded on the seven hills surrounding Seattle by CD-ROM and RAM, two microchips who were suckled by a mouse. Intracellular communication, for example, has been greatly improved by the universal use of cellular phones.

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