Yesterday, I overheard part of a conversation between two scientists. One said to the other:
“You’ve got to make time to think.”
You’ve got to protect whole afternoons. You need chunks of time. That time and space is essential for creativity and moving forward with ideas.
One thing I love about the research world is that thinking, brainstorming, and hypothesizing are prioritized. If only there were more of this in the clinical world!
Unfortunately, it seems that too often clinicians (including attendings, residents, interns, and medical students) are busy, overworked, and sleep deprived… leaving little time (or motivation) for thinking.