Too Good to be True

You hear it often: that’s too good to be true. A long list of hucksters and criminals have used the method of offering exceptionally good opportunities in order to steal people’s money in the past, and so our society does not believe in fantastic opportunities anymore. This is very sad and dangerous for true and generous people who are now usually mistaken for being liars and criminals whenever they might “go too far” in presenting the virtues of an opportunity. In other words, true criminals who have been using this method, not only have committed the criminal act, but have deeply hurt our society by not allowing truly exceptional people to prosper. This in consequence has diminished the number of real outstanding opportunities.

At NeuroImage we thrive to provide exceptional service. We do hope our clients will not think about us as “Too good to be true”

Adolfo Cotter, MD

Nov 26/2011

Stealing Ideas

In the ultra-competitive world we live in today it seems to me that stealing research ideas has become commonplace. Of course, why not? People figure that nothing will happen to them.

Everyone clearly knows that stealing money or objects is a criminal act, so why don’t we feel the same way about stealing ideas? Is it because it’s so easy, hard to prove, and rarely prosecuted? Stealing ideas can be much worse than stealing money because not only can an idea have monetary value, but the theft can easily destroy the life of a researcher. In one of my previous blog entries I mentioned that an idea can take a long time to develop, years or even decades. Meanwhile the person who steals the idea, can quickly become rich and famous.

Ideas are somewhat regulated in industry, even if poorly so. Unfortunately they are not regulated at all in academia. I am sure that even many “Famous Strong and Confident” researchers might have gotten to that stage by stealing ideas. The situation is just out of control! who is the real inventor? We do not know it anymore! I can proudly say that I have never stole an idea! not that I know of anyway!

Adolfo Cotter, MD

Apr 5/2010

Changing Data

I have been told lately from different sources that some scientists in academia and industry are manipulating data in order to enhance their chances of having their research accepted by a peer-reviewed journal or to simply provide the necessary evidence to support the ambitions of their corporate masters. In every case it comes down to getting money. My question to this act is: is changing data in the realm of science? The answer I have is of course, absolutely not!!

The scary picture of all this is that this might continue propagating since our economy is not necessarily improving, and the resources for research are very scarce. The sad truth is that those scientists are not doing anything related to science but just playing with numbers in order to get money, etc.. By doing this they are not allowing true scientists to get funded for real research. I think that the scientific community should be very aware of this problem and need to act quickly to come up with ways to combat this threat.

Adolfo Cotter, MD

Feb 28/2013

Politics and the Economy are Interfering with Medical Teams’ Delivery of Patient Care

Despite some positive economic metrics as of late, most people feel we have all seen better times, and this impacts the decision-making of individual medical care providers as they try and balance economic pressures with quality patient care.

During economic downturns it is common to see an increase in mental problems such as anxiety, depression, drug addiction, insomnia, low morale etc. These conditions are present in both patient and the medical teams that serve them. Even in the past when our economy has been better, there has been a history of political conflicts and disagreements within the medical care team. In my opinion, those conflicts are significantly higher presently since our current life stressors have been significantly higher as well.

Also, the amount of paperwork the medical care team needs to compete has been increasing significantly over the last few decades. This is distracting the focus away from patient care and consuming a lot of energy and time.

On top of this, economic pressures have made many people increase their desire to make profit as their only or most important goal when practicing medicine. In the end, our ONLY goal as a medical team should obviously be patient care. Patients are humans with illnesses who are suffering. They also tell us confidential information and they put their lives on our hands. They also pay us significant amounts of money for our work. Some doctors even call them clients, which I also think is certainly not a good term. It is alarming and shocking to me to see that the goal of many health care workers has shifted so much from our one and real goal, which is to focus on the patient’s well being, ONLY.

In my day-to-day encounters, and in what I read, it is very clear to me that all of the above issues are having a significant negative impact on the quality of medical care and the patient outcomes today.

Adolfo Cotter, MD

Mar 30/2016