I’d endorse what Christopher Peters said about anything in the medical field being a good idea, and that generalists will be better positioned than specialists. Having said that, I think there is going to be quite a lot of re-tooling and other adjustments needed, even for generalists. I’m a family physician in Canada and my practice consists mainly of pushing pixels around a computer screen and doing large numbers of (mostly unnecessary) investigations and referrals. I do these, not because they are particularly useful (in my view), but because patients expect them, lawyers expect them, and for the time being the Canadian provincial health insurance plan is willing to pay for them. But I fully expect that as we go down the path of economic and energy descent, pushing pixels around computer screens will cease to be a useful activity and I will have to do more hands-on stuff like delivering babies – just like family physicians used to do in the old days. The main difference between me and my colleagues is that I know that this is coming; they don’t. So to try to ease this transition I am putting together a book about how to practice post-peak medicine (mainly for professionals) which you can find here:
When it’s done it will contain all sorts of useful and practical information like how to act ethically during an armed conflict, and how to manage practice finances in the absence of health insurance plans.
Good luck, Peter