What Dr. Ben Carson Could Learn from Frank Underwood and the "House of Cards"

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Ben Carson is obviously brighter than the average person. Dr. Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, is currently considering running for President. He recently made headlines regarding his views on homosexuality, among other issues.

A neurosurgeon, running for president? I needed to find out more about this outspoken physician, so I went directly to my sources at Wikipedia.

Until recently, Dr. Carson claimed that he had no political party affiliation. “ If I were part of one, it would be called the Logic party, and it would be dedicated to commonsense approaches we all should be able to see.” He continues: “I believe it is a very good idea for physicians, scientists, engineers, and others trained to make decisions based on facts and empirical data to get involved in the political arena and help guide our country.”

On mixing politics with his medical background, Dr. Carson continued with his no-nonsense demeanor. “You know, I’m a physician. I like to diagnose things. And, you know, I’ve diagnosed some pretty, pretty significant issues that I think a lot of people resonate with.”

I am no brain surgeon, but I can already see that Dr. Carson has no chance in heck of every becoming president, as long as he thinks logic will win him the Republican Nomination and eventually give him the chance to be president.

Frank Underwood is also not a brain surgeon, A caricature of a real political heavyweight, the fictional Frank possesses the requisite skills to maneuver himself into power. Being logical, unfortunately, is not one of them. “Ruthless Pragmatism” is the trait that Frank claims is the characteristic that he owes his success to and is also the trait that he looks to in his contemporaries.

Perhaps Dr. Carson’s political shortcomings are also a reflection of many physicians’ dilemma. Logic would have it that if you are a great and dedicated clinician and care about your patients, then you should be successful as a physician. But as many physicians can attest to, being a great and caring physician is, unfortunately, becoming a smaller part of being successful as a physician.

Good luck, Dr. Carson. I hope your political learning curve is shorter than the funds required for your “education.”

What Dr. Ben Carson Could Learn from Frank Underwood and the "House of Cards" was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by sbhatia, Medical Practice and EHR Compliance Consultant

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