In an age of ever-increasing demand for virtual medical professionals, some doctors without borders are refusing to take on the gig.
One of them, a paediatrician who specialises in the treatment of paediatric cancer, said it’s not worth the risk.
Dr Mark McManus said he would never take on a virtual medical job as his primary care practice was not safe enough for virtual doctors.
“The risk of infection, the potential for infection, and the potential loss of quality of care and quality of life would be quite great,” he said.
“I would rather have a full-time job where I can treat people in the same way I do in my office, but the risk is so high that I would probably never consider it.”
Dr McManu said he had been inundated with requests from the public to train virtual doctors and had been offered positions on virtual medical teams.
“It’s not like the internet is where I could be training people,” he told 7.30.
“There’s a risk that they’ll become complacent or maybe not have a strong commitment to the physical reality of their patients and I think that’s going to be a real problem.” “
But I had a great relationship with them, so I went in and had a really good time and they liked it, and so I continued with it.”
“There’s a risk that they’ll become complacent or maybe not have a strong commitment to the physical reality of their patients and I think that’s going to be a real problem.”
Virtual medicine and the rise of the virtual world In 2018, Australia became the first country in the world to allow people to train doctors in virtual environments.
The move to allow patients to be trained in virtual settings has been welcomed by doctors and has given them a platform to help them work with more people.
Virtual medicine, which is not a new concept, has gained traction in the past decade as more people seek to treat patients in virtual worlds.
The first virtual medicine training centre was set up in Melbourne in 2017, with a second location being planned for Sydney in 2019.
Virtual medical teams have been a growing part of Australian medical education, with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians now offering virtual medical training to about 1,500 students.
“We’re seeing a shift in the type of work we’re doing and what our training needs are,” Dr McAllister said.
But virtual medical specialists and virtual medicine’s rise in popularity are also having a negative impact on the health of doctors and other health professionals, Dr McArthur said.
He said that while virtual medicine has been around for a long time, the popularity of it has been “growing”.
“We have seen the emergence of the so-called virtual healthcare community and they’ve had a massive impact on our practice,” Dr Smith said.