but doctors act a lot more like technicians than scientists or researchers.
Doctors are much more like technicians. You don't want doctors "experimenting" on you unless you really, really need that.
To clarify the doctors or physicians you are referring to medical practitioners in medical parlance. There is two additional medical "communities," which are linked, the medical teaching and research specialties though two these tend to be more intertwined. In many cases they share hospitals, labs, institutions.
Physicians are typically not brought up in a 'science' environment (question assumptions, learning how to research a topic, critical thinking.) Doctors are brought up in 'cram mode'. Dump a lot of into down your throat. You're expected to believe it. They are increasingly taught to 'follow the protocol' which amazingly, is what technicians do.
That is a gross over-generalization. A good physician is trained to be scientifically minded, to take careful observations (utilizing medical testing), question assumptions for faulty assumptions and correlations, and be critical in what they do. They are expected to learn and memorize a large body of knowledge that they will likely need to do their job on a daily basis, and was the first profession AFAIK to have formal continuing education requirements to keep their medical license in many jurisdictions. All bio-chemical scientists follow a protocol so that they have a consistent and reliable testing methodology to reduce mistakes, attempt to be as objective as possible, and to be comparable.
Yes, there are 'physician scientists' but they aren't treating the majority of patients and you don't want them to be ('hey that looks interesting, what happens when I tug on it?').
If you are being treated by a medical researcher, then either there is no known effective or reliable treatment, or there are testing for a new hopefully better treatment. It means you are the test subject, normally not an ideal situation.
This case is interesting as the husband of the patient kicked the docs out of 'technician' mode. And, of course, used a 3D printer.
ALWAYS ask your doc questions about stuff you don't understand.
Interesting, yes, but it bugs me more in that I fear the deniers of vaccine safety, and those who want to consumer-ize their medical experience ("the customer is always right" is a horrible mantra for any legitimate medical practice) will use it as evidence to vindicate their positions. Most of the medical drama was in fact about miscommunication, inconsistent practice, and the need to be your own advocate for medical treatment.
From working with physical scientists, I know that 3 and higher dimensional visualization is still often lacking in being easy to interpret with advanced computer visualization techniques. The results while sometime can be made to look pretty, that has little correlation with how quickly and easily the visualization can be interpreted to extract the relevant information.