In speaking with aspiring or potential physician innovators, one common concern I've encountered is dealing with uncertainty, specifically the risks and challenges they may face in taking this still somewhat alternative career expansion. By virtue of our training process, physicians are familiar with a well defined and secure professional path. But devoting time towards innovation requires a constant interaction with uncertainty. This may even be part of what attracts some of us to pursue innovation. Still, it requires a shift in mentality from clinical practice (primum non nocere does not exactly engender risk taking). What were/are your biggest challenges in being a physician innovator - Work/life balance? Developing a business model? Getting funding? Or just coming to terms with living with more professional uncertainty? And for the non-physicians on the expert panel, what are the biggest challenges you've seen your physician collaborators face?
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