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美国人心中的十大“铁饭碗”和“泥饭碗”

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凤凰网 2009-10-22 14:22:39

美国人心目中最好的工作是具有挑战性、工作能带给人们激情、工作有弹性和稳定性。的确选择一份工作不容易,而能有一份自己满意又理想的工作更不容易,如果能找到上述所讲的那类具有挑战性、能带给人们激情、有弹性和稳定性的工作则是更更不容易。


  美国人心目中最好的50种工作包括了上面所谈的那些条件。但如果再细分下去,则会提供给我们更多的资讯来了解现代社会人们对工作的看法和常见的职业在人们心目的地位。

  首先我们看一下美国人心目中对社会最有意义的工作(Benefit tosocietyjobs)是什么。按照调查,排在美国人心目中对社会最有意义工作首位的是内科和全科医生,接下来的是妇产科医生、情报分析专家、兽医、人力资源经理、临床心理学家、医生助理、麻醉师、护士、语言障碍病理学者。

  在这10种工作中,医学行业的工作就占了8种。为什么美国人将医疗职业看作是对社会最有意义的工作呢?这源于美国社会的一个最基本理念,在人间万物中,人是最宝贵的。美国人非常重视人的生命,当然不仅仅是自己的生命。所以我们会看到,象内科医生、妇产科医生会被视为对社会最有意义的工作第一、二名。情报分析专家名列第三,这主要是牵涉到国家利益,美国人也会将此视为很重要。

  最有意思的是排在第四位的兽医,为什么兽医会成为美国人心目中对社会最有意义的工作之一呢?了解美国社会的人都知道,一般的美国家庭都会养宠物,象狗啊、猫啊之类的。美国人养宠物不把这些动物看成是动物,而是象养儿子那么样。人有个头痛脑热会吃药或是找医生,那狗宝宝要是不舒服了,该咋办,自然会有不治人病专看动物毛病的兽医来处理了,这也就是兽医为何在美国人心目不一般的原因。

  生活在社会上,有不少人很感慨,觉得怎么活的这么累。累其实是一种压力的结果,上班能不累么,但不上班能养家糊口吗?任何工作都会有压力,但压力的大小会有区别。下面我们看一下美国人心目中压力最小的10种工作。美国人认为教育及培训顾问是所有工作中压力最小的工作,原因在哪里?大概这项工作没有具体的考核标准,工作没有定额、也没有什么销售业绩负担。培养人才不是一日之功,慢慢来,不都是说十年树木、百年育人吗。大学教授名列压力最小的工作第三位,大概同教育及培训顾问能独占鳌头的原因差不多。

  美国人心目中压力最小的工作排在第二位的是理疗师,中国人常讲伤筋动骨100天,治疗这类病是慢功夫,急不得,既然病人都不急,你想那治病的医生还会急吗?不急就没人催、无人逼,那压力自然就不会大。

  排在第四位到第十位压力最小的工作如下:软件开发者、技术写手、无线通讯网路工程师、语言障碍病理学者、软件设计师、临床医学家、土木工程师。为什么这些工作压力最小,这些工作真的压力不大吗?那就看每个人如何看了。

  现代人找工作,想法就是多,要工资高、要不累、要有意义。人们对每天早9晚5这样象机器一样的上班时间赶到厌倦,因此谈起什么是好工作时现在又加上一条,工作要有弹性。什么叫有弹性,可能是想干活的时候就干,不想上班的时候就逍遥自在。

  那么在美国人心目中最有弹性的十种工作是什么呢?销售主管、软件产品经理、软件开发主管、通信主管、产品管理主管、软件开发者、律师、大学教授、人力资源经理、会计师。

  看过这10种最有弹性的工作,给人印象最深的是有弹性工作的人大多是管人的工作,这个主管、哪个主管,被人管的工作那一定是缺少弹性的了。所以管人的工作最逍遥,当然,象律师、大学教授和会计师这三种工作也很有弹性,算是白领中的活神仙。

  这经济一不景气,失业率就高。而这失业率高起来,丢掉饭碗的人就少不了。很多人想来想去,最后想明白了,啥叫好工作,最稳定的工作就是好工作。流行的词叫“铁饭碗”,但美国的工作几乎没有一个是“铁饭碗”,因此一个稳定的工作就显得很重要。

  既然美国没有“铁饭碗”,那就比比什么工作比较稳定吧。在美国人心目中最稳定的10种工作是:急诊室医生、外科医生、市场拓展经理、护士、软件开发主管、医生助理、通信主管、理疗师、语言障碍病理学者、律师。

  与美国人心目中最有意义的10种工作差不多,医疗卫生行业的工作有6种被美国人看成是最稳定的工作。难道最有意义的工作就是“铁饭碗”?不过仔细看看,这10种工作还真是人们生活离不开的职业。急诊室医生那是救人一命于生死之间,这样的饭碗谁敢不保。任何一家公司或企业,只要是制造产品,甭管是吃的、用的,第一位的任务就是能够买出去,所以说企业裁员,裁谁都行,就是不能裁能把产品卖出去的那些市场拓展经理。至于律师吗,那是专门喜欢天下不太平的人,谁没个家长里段,老百姓这一长一短,就让律师的工作是稳上加稳了。

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发信人: USMedEdu (US_CMGs), 信区: Biology
标 题: Re: 生活是美丽的。
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jan 27 18:13:03 2011, 美东)

Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor
to Neurosurgery

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/reprint/357/6/529.pdf
“You will spend the rest of
your life working in the
fields,” my cousin told me when
I arrived in the United States in
the mid-1980s. This fate indeed
appeared likely: a 19-
year-old illegal migrant
farm worker, I
had no English language
skills and no
dependable means of
support. I had grown
up in a small Mexican
farming community,
where I began
working at my father’s
gas station at
the age of 5. Our
family was poor, and
we were subject to the diseases
of poverty: my earliest memory
is of my infant sister’s death
from diarrhea when I was 3 years
old. But my parents worked long
hours and had always made
enough money to feed us, until
an economic crisis hit our country
in the 1970s. Then they could
no longer support the family,
and although I trained to be a
teacher, I could not put enough
food on the table either.
Desperate for a livable income,
I packed my few belongings
and, with $65 in my pocket,
crossed the U.S. border illegally.
The first time I hopped the fence
into California, I was caught
and sent back to Mexico, but I
tried again and succeeded. I am
not condoning illegal immigration;
honestly, at the time, the
law was far from the front of my
mind. I was merely responding
to the dream of a better life, the
hope of escaping poverty so that
one day I could return home triumphant.
Reality, however, posed
a stark contrast to the dream. I
spent long days in the fields picking
fruits and vegetables, sleeping
under leaky camper shells,
eating anything I could get, with
hands bloodied from pulling
weeds — the very same hands
that today perform brain surgery.
My days as a farm worker
taught me a great deal about
economics, politics, and society.
I learned that being illegal and
poor in a foreign country could
be more painful than any poverty
I had previously experienced.
I learned that our society sometimes
treats us differently depending
on the places we have
been and the education we have
obtained. When my cousin told
me I would never escape that life
of poverty, I became determined
to prove him wrong. I took night
Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.
Downloaded from www.nejm.org at THE OHIO STATE UNIV on August 26, 2007 .
PERSPECTIVE
n engl j med 357;6 www.nejm.org august 9, 200530 7
jobs as a janitor and subsequently
as a welder that allowed me to
attend a community college where
I could learn English.
In 1989, while I was working
for a railroad company as a welder
and high-pressure valve specialist,
I had an accident that
caused me to reevaluate my life
once again. I fell into a tank car
that was used to carry liquefied
petroleum gas. My father was
working at the same company.
Hearing a coworker’s cry for help,
he tried to get into the tank; fortunately,
someone stopped him. It
was my brother-in-law, Ramon,
who climbed in and saved my
life. He was taken out of the
tank unconscious but regained
consciousness quickly. By the time
I was rescued, my heart rate had
slowed almost to zero, but I was
resuscitated in time. When I
awoke, I saw a person dressed all
in white and was flooded with a
sense of security, confidence, and
protection, knowing that a doctor
was taking care of me. Although
it was clear to me that our
poverty and inability to speak English
usually translated into suboptimal
health care for my community,
the moment I saw this
physician at my bedside, I felt I
had reached terra firma, that I had
a guardian.
After community college, I was
accepted at the University of California,
Berkeley, where a combination
of excellent mentorship,
scholarships, and my own passion
for math and science led me to
research in the neurosciences. One
of my mentors there convinced
me, despite my skepticism, that
I could go anywhere I wanted for
medical school. Thanks to such
support and encouragement, I
eventually went to Harvard Medical
School. As I pursued my own
education, I became increasingly
aware of the need and responsibility
we have to educate our country’s
poor.
It is no secret that minority
communities have the highest
dropout rates and the lowest
educational achievement levels
in the country. The pathway to
higher education and professional
training programs is not
“primed” for minority students.
In 1994, when I started medical
school, members of minority
groups made up about 18% of
the U.S. population but accounted
for only 3.7% of the faculty in
U.S. medical schools. I was very
fortunate to find outstanding
minority role models, but though
their quality was high, their numbers
were low.
Given my background, perhaps
it is not surprising that I
did not discover the field of neurosurgery
until I was a medical
student. I vividly remember when,
in my third year of medical
school, I first witnessed neurosurgeons
peeling back the dura
and exposing a real, live, throbbing
human brain. I recall feeling
absolute awe and humility —
and an immediate and deep
recognition of the intimacy between
a patient and a doctor.
That year, one of my professors
strongly encouraged me to
go into primary care, arguing
that it was the best way for me
to serve my Hispanic immigrant
community. Although I had initially
intended to return to Mexico
triumphant, I had since fallen
in love with this country, and
I soon found myself immersed
in and committed to the betterment
of U.S. society. With my
sights set on neurosurgery after
medical school, I followed my
heart and instincts and have tried
to contribute to my community
and the larger society in my own
way. I see a career in academic
medicine as an opportunity not
only to improve our understanding
and treatment of human diseases
but also to provide leadership
within medicine and support
to future scientists, medical students,
and physician scientists
from minority and nonminority
groups alike.
Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery
Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.
Downloaded from www.nejm.org at THE OHIO STATE UNIV on August 26, 2007 .
n engl j med 357;6 www.nejm.org august 9, 2007
PERSPECTIVE
531
My grandmother was the medicine
woman in the small town in
rural Mexico where I grew up.
As I have gotten older, I have
come to recognize the crucial
role she played not only in instilling
in me the value of healing
but also in determining the
fate and future of others. She was
my first role model, and throughout
my life I have depended on
the help of my mentors in pursuing
my dreams. Like many other
illegal immigrants, I arrived in
the United States able only to
contemplate those dreams — I
was not at that point on solid
ground. From the fields of the
San Joaquin Valley in California
to the field of neurosurgery, it
has been quite a journey. Today,
as a neurosurgeon and researcher,
I am taking part in the larger
journey of medicine, both caring
for patients and conducting
clinical and translational research
on brain cancer that I hope will
lead to innovative ways of fighting
devastating disease. And as
a citizen of the United States, I am
also participating in the great
journey of this country. For immigrants
like me, this voyage still
means the pursuit of a better
life — and the opportunity to
give back to society.
An interview with Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa
can be heard at www.nejm.org.
Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is an assistant professor
of neurosurgery and oncology and
director of the brain-tumor stem-cell laboratory
at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,
Baltimore, and director of the braintumor
program at the Johns Hopkins
Bayview campus.
Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society.
Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery
Pay for Performance, Version 2.0?
Thomas H. Lee, M.D.
“Old wine in a new bottle.” “A
financial gamble.” “An early
glimpse of the next generation of
pay for performance.” All these
appraisals have been applied to
Geisinger Health System’s new approach
to elective coronary-artery
bypass grafting (CABG), which
has been described with words
rarely invoked in health care, such
as “promise” and “guarantee.”
Geisinger, an integrated health
care delivery system in northeastern
Pennsylvania, promises
that 40 key processes will be
completed for every patient who
undergoes elective CABG — even
though several of the “benchmarks”
are to be reached before
or after hospitalization. And although
Geisinger cannot guarantee
good clinical outcomes, it
charges a standard flat rate that
covers care for related complications
during the 90 days after
surgery.
As a member of Geisinger’s
board of directors, I have watched
this program evolve over the past
year, and I see truth in all three
of the above assessments. Many
of the core components of the
program are familiar, but this
sort of application of those components
represents a foray into
the unknown. Since a front-page
article in the New York Times on
May 17, 2007, drew national attention
to the Geisinger program,
other hospitals have been
watching closely and wondering
whether they, too, should go
down this road. Those who examine
it closely will quickly discover
that the program is less
about cardiac surgery than about
the search for an alternative to
traditional fee-for-service care.
The basic concept is far from
radical. The seven cardiac surgeons
in the Geisinger delivery
system agreed on 40 processes
that should be completed during
the care of every patient undergoing
elective CABG. Most of
the “Proven Care Benchmarks”
come directly from guidelines
established by the American College
of Cardiology and the American
Heart Association (ACC–AHA)
(see box). These steps (such as
the administration of preoperative
antibiotics at a specified time)
are prominent in the critical pathways
in use for cardiac surgery
at many other hospitals.
The list does not force the surgeons
to practice “cookbook medicine.”
For example, they do not
necessarily have to use epiaortic
echocardiography to screen for
atheromata before manipulating
the aorta. But the protocol requires
that they consider this test
and document the reason if they
decide not to use it.
Closer inspection reveals some
other items on the list that would
be new to most critical pathways
for CABG. The first benchmark
that must be documented is a
statement of the indication for
CABG according to the ACC–AHA
guidelines.1 These guidelines de-
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标 题: Re: 生活是美丽的。
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jan 27 18:13:03 2011, 美东)

Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor
to Neurosurgery

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/reprint/357/6/529.pdf
“You will spend the rest of
your life working in the
fields,” my cousin told me when
I arrived in the United States in
the mid-1980s. This fate indeed
appeared likely: a 19-
year-old illegal migrant
farm worker, I
had no English language
skills and no
dependable means of
support. I had grown
up in a small Mexican
farming community,
where I began
working at my father’s
gas station at
the age of 5. Our
family was poor, and
we were subject to the diseases
of poverty: my earliest memory
is of my infant sister’s death
from diarrhea when I was 3 years
old. But my parents worked long
hours and had always made
enough money to feed us, until
an economic crisis hit our country
in the 1970s. Then they could
no longer support the family,
and although I trained to be a
teacher, I could not put enough
food on the table either.
Desperate for a livable income,
I packed my few belongings
and, with $65 in my pocket,
crossed the U.S. border illegally.
The first time I hopped the fence
into California, I was caught
and sent back to Mexico, but I
tried again and succeeded. I am
not condoning illegal immigration;
honestly, at the time, the
law was far from the front of my
mind. I was merely responding
to the dream of a better life, the
hope of escaping poverty so that
one day I could return home triumphant.
Reality, however, posed
a stark contrast to the dream. I
spent long days in the fields picking
fruits and vegetables, sleeping
under leaky camper shells,
eating anything I could get, with
hands bloodied from pulling
weeds — the very same hands
that today perform brain surgery.
My days as a farm worker
taught me a great deal about
economics, politics, and society.
I learned that being illegal and
poor in a foreign country could
be more painful than any poverty
I had previously experienced.
I learned that our society sometimes
treats us differently depending
on the places we have
been and the education we have
obtained. When my cousin told
me I would never escape that life
of poverty, I became determined
to prove him wrong. I took night
Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.
Downloaded from www.nejm.org at THE OHIO STATE UNIV on August 26, 2007 .
PERSPECTIVE
n engl j med 357;6 www.nejm.org august 9, 200530 7
jobs as a janitor and subsequently
as a welder that allowed me to
attend a community college where
I could learn English.
In 1989, while I was working
for a railroad company as a welder
and high-pressure valve specialist,
I had an accident that
caused me to reevaluate my life
once again. I fell into a tank car
that was used to carry liquefied
petroleum gas. My father was
working at the same company.
Hearing a coworker’s cry for help,
he tried to get into the tank; fortunately,
someone stopped him. It
was my brother-in-law, Ramon,
who climbed in and saved my
life. He was taken out of the
tank unconscious but regained
consciousness quickly. By the time
I was rescued, my heart rate had
slowed almost to zero, but I was
resuscitated in time. When I
awoke, I saw a person dressed all
in white and was flooded with a
sense of security, confidence, and
protection, knowing that a doctor
was taking care of me. Although
it was clear to me that our
poverty and inability to speak English
usually translated into suboptimal
health care for my community,
the moment I saw this
physician at my bedside, I felt I
had reached terra firma, that I had
a guardian.
After community college, I was
accepted at the University of California,
Berkeley, where a combination
of excellent mentorship,
scholarships, and my own passion
for math and science led me to
research in the neurosciences. One
of my mentors there convinced
me, despite my skepticism, that
I could go anywhere I wanted for
medical school. Thanks to such
support and encouragement, I
eventually went to Harvard Medical
School. As I pursued my own
education, I became increasingly
aware of the need and responsibility
we have to educate our country’s
poor.
It is no secret that minority
communities have the highest
dropout rates and the lowest
educational achievement levels
in the country. The pathway to
higher education and professional
training programs is not
“primed” for minority students.
In 1994, when I started medical
school, members of minority
groups made up about 18% of
the U.S. population but accounted
for only 3.7% of the faculty in
U.S. medical schools. I was very
fortunate to find outstanding
minority role models, but though
their quality was high, their numbers
were low.
Given my background, perhaps
it is not surprising that I
did not discover the field of neurosurgery
until I was a medical
student. I vividly remember when,
in my third year of medical
school, I first witnessed neurosurgeons
peeling back the dura
and exposing a real, live, throbbing
human brain. I recall feeling
absolute awe and humility —
and an immediate and deep
recognition of the intimacy between
a patient and a doctor.
That year, one of my professors
strongly encouraged me to
go into primary care, arguing
that it was the best way for me
to serve my Hispanic immigrant
community. Although I had initially
intended to return to Mexico
triumphant, I had since fallen
in love with this country, and
I soon found myself immersed
in and committed to the betterment
of U.S. society. With my
sights set on neurosurgery after
medical school, I followed my
heart and instincts and have tried
to contribute to my community
and the larger society in my own
way. I see a career in academic
medicine as an opportunity not
only to improve our understanding
and treatment of human diseases
but also to provide leadership
within medicine and support
to future scientists, medical students,
and physician scientists
from minority and nonminority
groups alike.
Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery
Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.
Downloaded from www.nejm.org at THE OHIO STATE UNIV on August 26, 2007 .
n engl j med 357;6 www.nejm.org august 9, 2007
PERSPECTIVE
531
My grandmother was the medicine
woman in the small town in
rural Mexico where I grew up.
As I have gotten older, I have
come to recognize the crucial
role she played not only in instilling
in me the value of healing
but also in determining the
fate and future of others. She was
my first role model, and throughout
my life I have depended on
the help of my mentors in pursuing
my dreams. Like many other
illegal immigrants, I arrived in
the United States able only to
contemplate those dreams — I
was not at that point on solid
ground. From the fields of the
San Joaquin Valley in California
to the field of neurosurgery, it
has been quite a journey. Today,
as a neurosurgeon and researcher,
I am taking part in the larger
journey of medicine, both caring
for patients and conducting
clinical and translational research
on brain cancer that I hope will
lead to innovative ways of fighting
devastating disease. And as
a citizen of the United States, I am
also participating in the great
journey of this country. For immigrants
like me, this voyage still
means the pursuit of a better
life — and the opportunity to
give back to society.
An interview with Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa
can be heard at www.nejm.org.
Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is an assistant professor
of neurosurgery and oncology and
director of the brain-tumor stem-cell laboratory
at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,
Baltimore, and director of the braintumor
program at the Johns Hopkins
Bayview campus.
Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society.
Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery
Pay for Performance, Version 2.0?
Thomas H. Lee, M.D.
“Old wine in a new bottle.” “A
financial gamble.” “An early
glimpse of the next generation of
pay for performance.” All these
appraisals have been applied to
Geisinger Health System’s new approach
to elective coronary-artery
bypass grafting (CABG), which
has been described with words
rarely invoked in health care, such
as “promise” and “guarantee.”
Geisinger, an integrated health
care delivery system in northeastern
Pennsylvania, promises
that 40 key processes will be
completed for every patient who
undergoes elective CABG — even
though several of the “benchmarks”
are to be reached before
or after hospitalization. And although
Geisinger cannot guarantee
good clinical outcomes, it
charges a standard flat rate that
covers care for related complications
during the 90 days after
surgery.
As a member of Geisinger’s
board of directors, I have watched
this program evolve over the past
year, and I see truth in all three
of the above assessments. Many
of the core components of the
program are familiar, but this
sort of application of those components
represents a foray into
the unknown. Since a front-page
article in the New York Times on
May 17, 2007, drew national attention
to the Geisinger program,
other hospitals have been
watching closely and wondering
whether they, too, should go
down this road. Those who examine
it closely will quickly discover
that the program is less
about cardiac surgery than about
the search for an alternative to
traditional fee-for-service care.
The basic concept is far from
radical. The seven cardiac surgeons
in the Geisinger delivery
system agreed on 40 processes
that should be completed during
the care of every patient undergoing
elective CABG. Most of
the “Proven Care Benchmarks”
come directly from guidelines
established by the American College
of Cardiology and the American
Heart Association (ACC–AHA)
(see box). These steps (such as
the administration of preoperative
antibiotics at a specified time)
are prominent in the critical pathways
in use for cardiac surgery
at many other hospitals.
The list does not force the surgeons
to practice “cookbook medicine.”
For example, they do not
necessarily have to use epiaortic
echocardiography to screen for
atheromata before manipulating
the aorta. But the protocol requires
that they consider this test
and document the reason if they
decide not to use it.
Closer inspection reveals some
other items on the list that would
be new to most critical pathways
for CABG. The first benchmark
that must be documented is a
statement of the indication for
CABG according to the ACC–AHA
guidelines.1 These guidelines de-
Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.

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Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor
to Neurosurgery

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/reprint/357/6/529.pdf
“You will spend the rest of
your life working in the
fields,” my cousin told me when
I arrived in the United States in
the mid-1980s. This fate indeed
appeared likely: a 19-
year-old illegal migrant
farm worker, I
had no English language
skills and no
dependable means of
support. I had grown
up in a small Mexican
farming community,
where I began
working at my father’s
gas station at
the age of 5. Our
family was poor, and
we were subject to the diseases
of poverty: my earliest memory
is of my infant sister’s death
from diarrhea when I was 3 years
old. But my parents worked long
hours and had always made
enough money to feed us, until
an economic crisis hit our country
in the 1970s. Then they could
no longer support the family,
and although I trained to be a
teacher, I could not put enough
food on the table either.
Desperate for a livable income,
I packed my few belongings
and, with $65 in my pocket,
crossed the U.S. border illegally.
The first time I hopped the fence
into California, I was caught
and sent back to Mexico, but I
tried again and succeeded. I am
not condoning illegal immigration;
honestly, at the time, the
law was far from the front of my
mind. I was merely responding
to the dream of a better life, the
hope of escaping poverty so that
one day I could return home triumphant.
Reality, however, posed
a stark contrast to the dream. I
spent long days in the fields picking
fruits and vegetables, sleeping
under leaky camper shells,
eating anything I could get, with
hands bloodied from pulling
weeds — the very same hands
that today perform brain surgery.
My days as a farm worker
taught me a great deal about
economics, politics, and society.
I learned that being illegal and
poor in a foreign country could
be more painful than any poverty
I had previously experienced.
I learned that our society sometimes
treats us differently depending
on the places we have
been and the education we have
obtained. When my cousin told
me I would never escape that life
of poverty, I became determined
to prove him wrong. I took night
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jobs as a janitor and subsequently
as a welder that allowed me to
attend a community college where
I could learn English.
In 1989, while I was working
for a railroad company as a welder
and high-pressure valve specialist,
I had an accident that
caused me to reevaluate my life
once again. I fell into a tank car
that was used to carry liquefied
petroleum gas. My father was
working at the same company.
Hearing a coworker’s cry for help,
he tried to get into the tank; fortunately,
someone stopped him. It
was my brother-in-law, Ramon,
who climbed in and saved my
life. He was taken out of the
tank unconscious but regained
consciousness quickly. By the time
I was rescued, my heart rate had
slowed almost to zero, but I was
resuscitated in time. When I
awoke, I saw a person dressed all
in white and was flooded with a
sense of security, confidence, and
protection, knowing that a doctor
was taking care of me. Although
it was clear to me that our
poverty and inability to speak English
usually translated into suboptimal
health care for my community,
the moment I saw this
physician at my bedside, I felt I
had reached terra firma, that I had
a guardian.
After community college, I was
accepted at the University of California,
Berkeley, where a combination
of excellent mentorship,
scholarships, and my own passion
for math and science led me to
research in the neurosciences. One
of my mentors there convinced
me, despite my skepticism, that
I could go anywhere I wanted for
medical school. Thanks to such
support and encouragement, I
eventually went to Harvard Medical
School. As I pursued my own
education, I became increasingly
aware of the need and responsibility
we have to educate our country’s
poor.
It is no secret that minority
communities have the highest
dropout rates and the lowest
educational achievement levels
in the country. The pathway to
higher education and professional
training programs is not
“primed” for minority students.
In 1994, when I started medical
school, members of minority
groups made up about 18% of
the U.S. population but accounted
for only 3.7% of the faculty in
U.S. medical schools. I was very
fortunate to find outstanding
minority role models, but though
their quality was high, their numbers
were low.
Given my background, perhaps
it is not surprising that I
did not discover the field of neurosurgery
until I was a medical
student. I vividly remember when,
in my third year of medical
school, I first witnessed neurosurgeons
peeling back the dura
and exposing a real, live, throbbing
human brain. I recall feeling
absolute awe and humility —
and an immediate and deep
recognition of the intimacy between
a patient and a doctor.
That year, one of my professors
strongly encouraged me to
go into primary care, arguing
that it was the best way for me
to serve my Hispanic immigrant
community. Although I had initially
intended to return to Mexico
triumphant, I had since fallen
in love with this country, and
I soon found myself immersed
in and committed to the betterment
of U.S. society. With my
sights set on neurosurgery after
medical school, I followed my
heart and instincts and have tried
to contribute to my community
and the larger society in my own
way. I see a career in academic
medicine as an opportunity not
only to improve our understanding
and treatment of human diseases
but also to provide leadership
within medicine and support
to future scientists, medical students,
and physician scientists
from minority and nonminority
groups alike.
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PERSPECTIVE
531
My grandmother was the medicine
woman in the small town in
rural Mexico where I grew up.
As I have gotten older, I have
come to recognize the crucial
role she played not only in instilling
in me the value of healing
but also in determining the
fate and future of others. She was
my first role model, and throughout
my life I have depended on
the help of my mentors in pursuing
my dreams. Like many other
illegal immigrants, I arrived in
the United States able only to
contemplate those dreams — I
was not at that point on solid
ground. From the fields of the
San Joaquin Valley in California
to the field of neurosurgery, it
has been quite a journey. Today,
as a neurosurgeon and researcher,
I am taking part in the larger
journey of medicine, both caring
for patients and conducting
clinical and translational research
on brain cancer that I hope will
lead to innovative ways of fighting
devastating disease. And as
a citizen of the United States, I am
also participating in the great
journey of this country. For immigrants
like me, this voyage still
means the pursuit of a better
life — and the opportunity to
give back to society.
An interview with Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa
can be heard at www.nejm.org.
Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is an assistant professor
of neurosurgery and oncology and
director of the brain-tumor stem-cell laboratory
at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,
Baltimore, and director of the braintumor
program at the Johns Hopkins
Bayview campus.
Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society.
Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery
Pay for Performance, Version 2.0?
Thomas H. Lee, M.D.
“Old wine in a new bottle.” “A
financial gamble.” “An early
glimpse of the next generation of
pay for performance.” All these
appraisals have been applied to
Geisinger Health System’s new approach
to elective coronary-artery
bypass grafting (CABG), which
has been described with words
rarely invoked in health care, such
as “promise” and “guarantee.”
Geisinger, an integrated health
care delivery system in northeastern
Pennsylvania, promises
that 40 key processes will be
completed for every patient who
undergoes elective CABG — even
though several of the “benchmarks”
are to be reached before
or after hospitalization. And although
Geisinger cannot guarantee
good clinical outcomes, it
charges a standard flat rate that
covers care for related complications
during the 90 days after
surgery.
As a member of Geisinger’s
board of directors, I have watched
this program evolve over the past
year, and I see truth in all three
of the above assessments. Many
of the core components of the
program are familiar, but this
sort of application of those components
represents a foray into
the unknown. Since a front-page
article in the New York Times on
May 17, 2007, drew national attention
to the Geisinger program,
other hospitals have been
watching closely and wondering
whether they, too, should go
down this road. Those who examine
it closely will quickly discover
that the program is less
about cardiac surgery than about
the search for an alternative to
traditional fee-for-service care.
The basic concept is far from
radical. The seven cardiac surgeons
in the Geisinger delivery
system agreed on 40 processes
that should be completed during
the care of every patient undergoing
elective CABG. Most of
the “Proven Care Benchmarks”
come directly from guidelines
established by the American College
of Cardiology and the American
Heart Association (ACC–AHA)
(see box). These steps (such as
the administration of preoperative
antibiotics at a specified time)
are prominent in the critical pathways
in use for cardiac surgery
at many other hospitals.
The list does not force the surgeons
to practice “cookbook medicine.”
For example, they do not
necessarily have to use epiaortic
echocardiography to screen for
atheromata before manipulating
the aorta. But the protocol requires
that they consider this test
and document the reason if they
decide not to use it.
Closer inspection reveals some
other items on the list that would
be new to most critical pathways
for CABG. The first benchmark
that must be documented is a
statement of the indication for
CABG according to the ACC–AHA
guidelines.1 These guidelines de-
Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.

Downloaded from www.nejm.org at THE OHIO STATE UNIV on August 26, 2007 .
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