I have been reading The Google Story by David A. Vise and am facinated by the concept of 20% time. The Google 20% concept allows engineers to pursue projects that they ” are passionate about” for 20% of their schedule. Why don’t all professions , particulary health, have 20% time? Physicians are bright and at one time were creative people. In the rush to see patients, write papers, or attend CME conferences we have lost creativity. We also have very little time to network and share innovative ideas. We all, at one time, had a great idea on how to make medicine or public health better. That idea was probably lost in our 120% work day.
The Google physician