How to prepare for a ward round
Ward rounds can be daunting, but a checklist to help you identify ongoing and new clinical problems that need to be dealt with can be helpful
- By: Lucie Weatherall, Rakesh Patel
Being a medical student or junior doctor on a ward round can be daunting, especially when senior doctors seem able to think through problems quickly. You may feel that you don’t have the necessary diagnostic skills and worry about missing something or getting something wrong.
As a junior doctor you might find yourself on call and performing a ward round alone. This situation may seem intimidating, but there is a systematic way you can prepare for a ward round. In the “Keeping up on the ward round” series, Student BMJ will present common cases in different specialties. It will take you through a step by step process for thinking through a patient’s current clinical picture and provide you with a list of important things you should raise for the team to consider. Below is a checklist to help you identify ongoing and new clinical problems that need to be dealt