Knowledge is Power

In 1620, Francis Bacon argued that ‘knowledge is power’. Since the advent of the Internet and the increasing popularity of social media services such as Facebook, Whatsapp, and Twitter,  spreading knowledge has never been easier or more instantaneous. Yet the inequalities regarding access to information, technical skills, and medical training resources seem enormous. Inequalities of physician expertise are a detriment to our society, and a disservice to patients everywhere. It seems that bridging the digital divide that separates the “haves” from the “have nots”, requires more than simple access. It also requires the successful design, implementation, and universal acceptance of  inspiring and effective educational programs and philosophies. These programs can only succeed  when they are championed by well-intentioned leaders who teach through personal example and mentorship. Technology might allow our ideas and images to transcend national boundaries, but healthcare education is most enriched by a learner’s personal identification with compassionate, intelligent, and unselfish role models who discard egos in exchange for a greater good.