How would you define Chaos + Clarity? The TEDMED 2018 theme was one that we all could relate to—who better to define this theme than the two residents and two students who accompanied us to this unforgettable conference?
tweetable: It’s motivated me to really strongly consider being a speaking coach myself.
tweetable: Many times, I went into the theater thinking I’m not really sure what the relevance of this topic [would be]. And I’ve been proven completely wrong.
- For Dr. Mitri, it was the TEDMED style of the speakers.
- Dr. Narendran was especially looking forward to who she would meet.
- Xiya was most looking forward to the challenging of ideas and meeting new people.
- Marc was simply looking to be inspired.
tweetable: So, it’s all these little moments of realizing who is here and who am I in the presence of and it’s very humbling to be in the presence of all these wonderful people with the experience that they bring and the ideas that they’re coming to share.
- Dr. Narendran most appreciated the diversity and accomplishments of all the speakers.
- Xiya found that she could relate to Thomas Curran’s talk which studied the personality traits of perfectionism.
- Marc’s “aha” moment was realizing what separated the TEDMED speakers from others is that they took action to make a change.
- Dr. Mitri was excited to recognize people he had recently read about and was inspired by such as Lucy Kalanithi (the widower of author Paul Kalanithi who wrote When Breath Becomes Air).
tweetable: Maybe I didn’t meet as many people as I thought, but the depth of conversations that you could have with somebody who, on face value, you have nothing in common with―and then you realize that you actually have such deep things in common, deep goals in common that you want to see health care going towards or patient care going towards… there are no words. It was very, very cool.”
- Increasing the circle of care.
- Decreasing the cost and increasing the efficiency of technologies.
- Wearable technologies.
- 3D printing.
- Portable ultrasound.
- Virtually painless vaccinations.
- Sterile operating room in a backpack.
- Using technology to go back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle.
tweetable: What separates these people from the others that have ideas is that they actually go out and do it.
- Be open and listen to everyone’s ideas.
- Teach and collaborate.
- Continue to be inspired and find people and situations that inspire you.
- Find friends in other fields and collaborate with them.
tweetable: Innovation sometimes―and most of the time―is not really about reinventing the wheel, just modifying the wheel.
- Speak to people because you never know where those conversations could go.
- Ask yourself what you can do to help. Your neighbor could be anyone around you. How can you help them?
- “Our hope is what makes us who we are.” - Steve Pantilat
- Do it… and then think about it. You just have to make the first step and try.
tweetable: I think that in medicine and health care, we focus a lot on what the problems are and what’s going wrong with our systems―but what I found when I came to TEDMED is the everyone here wasn’t focusing so much on the problems, but more on the solutions.
- Xiya Ma’s bio and journal from her experience at TEDMED.
- Marc Levin’s bio and vlogs from TEDMED.
- Dr. Gaya Narendran’s bio and photo journal from her experience at TEDMED.
- Dr. Mino Mitri’s bio and vlogs from TEDMED.
- My name is Denisse Rojas Marquez. I am 28 years old old, a proud undocumented American and soon to be doctor, an America’s Voice article, from TEDMED speaker Denisse Rojas Marquez.
- Perfectionism Is Increasing, and That’s Not Good News, from Harvard Business Review, by TEDMED speaker Thomas Curran and Andrew P. Hill.
- Happily Ever After, a book by Paul Dolan.
- To Improve our Health and Happiness, We Must Connect with Nature, a Trimtab blog by TEDMED speaker Amanda Sturgeon.
- Designing habitats for humans, a TEDMED blog by Amanda Sturgeon.
- When Breath Becomes Air, a book by Paul Kalanithi.
- What makes life worth living in the face of death?, a TED Talk by TEDMED speaker Lucy Kalanithi.
- Q&A with Greg Asbed and Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a TEDMED blog featuring speakers Greg Asbed and Gerardo Reyes from the Fair Food Movement.
- Food Chains, a James Beard Award-winning documentary on the CIW's Campaign for Fair Food on Netflix.
- Dikembe Mutombo: Helping Build Homes, Hospitals, and Bridges, an America’s Voice article, from TEDMED speaker Dikembe Mutombo.
- The Palliative Care Quality Network: Improving the Quality of Caring, a Journal of Palliative Medicine publication from TEDMED speaker Dr. Steve Pantilat et. al.