The Life of an M.D. - Balancing the Science & Art of Medicine

Dr. James Sigler will give a presentation and take your questions to tell us everything you wanted to know about what goes on behind the scenes of medical practice:

• What is a doctor actually thinking while he gives you a check-up?

• How exactly does a  doctor go about diagnosing your medical problem?

• How much is strictly procedural science, and how much is informed guesswork or intuition?

Are there really doctors like House? 

In Dr. Sigler's words:

George Carlin once said, "Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do ‘practice’?” 

But there may be some truth in his statement. The "practice" of medicine will never be a perfect science, because every patient is unique and medicine cannot have a "cook-book" approach to "fixing" a patient. A car mechanic deals with a finite number of parts from vehicles made to be virtually identical through assembly line technology. But a physician must deal with such a variety in human anatomy and physiology that is almost as great as the variety in our looks and personalities, and this prevents medicine from ever being a perfect science. 

The “art of medicine” encompasses all of the intangible assessment, diagnosing and treatment variables for each individual patient that “science” cannot adequately address on its own. 

However, medical science is truly an ever-expanding field and is often on the forefront of science and technology. Medical science is now completely intertwined with technology, to the point that some traditional physical exam skills are being lost by newer generations of physicians that rely too much on technology. So how do physicians incorporate all of this modern science and technology, but still retain the “art of medicine” in their medical practices? 

During this presentation, I will demonstrate some examples of the “science” of medicine, within the realm of medicine that I practice (spine and sports medicine) — for example, using MRI technology, which is based on principles of quantum physics, to diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions. But I will also spend time discussing the “art" of medicine — incorporating the physical, mental and emotional components of medical science and medical practice. And in the end… please don’t forget that physicians are just people — variable, unique, imperfect — but with a desire to help their fellow man in unique ways that often change the lives of their patients, and themselves, forever


James Sigler, MD graduated from medical school and residency at KUMC. He practices spine and sports medicine and is board licensed in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.


Come early at 6:45 to get a good seat and get to know people.

Afterward, let’s continue our conversations at the nearby Blue Moose.

Fred Heeren  / [masked]  / [masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fred, I had planned to go tonight, but due to yesterday's weather and the fact my work is dependent on good weather, I won't be able to attend tonight. Sorry.

    April 25, 2014

    • Jon S.

      Sorry you won't be there Duane. See you next week.

      April 25, 2014

  • Ruth

    I would love to attend, but unfortunately, will be out of town. Hopefully there will be a repeat in the future!

    April 18, 2014

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