So, the blogs are all abuzz about the rumor that Dr. Sanjay Gupta, of CNN medical correspondent fame, was approached to be the next Surgeon General. What do I think about this? I think that surely, we must have more qualified doctors than a talking head on tv. Am I biased against doctors on TV? Yeah because I don't think that you can ever be a good one (don't even get my started on the show, "The Doctors"... an Oprah spinoff which no one, including Ms. Winfrey herself, should ever watch).
At one point, I wanted to be Surgeon General. I think I might have even mentioned that on a medical school admission essay or two (or at least thought about putting that in). I still think that it'd be pretty nice to be Surgeon General, but my sights are on other positions (HHS Secretary is a good start, then WHO director or UNAIDS director - hey, maybe even throw in a MacArthur genius grant somewhere in there). However, I think that whoever holds that post should be someone more than a (non-)talking head. They should be ready to elevate the position to something of stature, and elevate it beyond the public health ruins in which it currently finds itself - especially with a willing and ready president, as I hope Obama will be (my hope for his first act as President, as others before him - repeal the Mexico City Policy).
On the other hand, I find it encouraging that someone who is merely 39 may be Surgeon General. That gives me a chance at doing before I'm 35.