Communicating with colleagues
Most medical schools teach communication with patients. But how many teach us to communicate with other health professionals? Baldwin Yeung and Siu Kwan Wong discuss this gap in the curriculum
After a long night dealing with many sick patients, my registrar called and gave me a lecture to say that I should have consulted my on-call seniors earlier about the management of a patient, rather than waiting for a formal review in the morning ward round. He was concerned because I could have missed important diagnoses as a result of my lack in experience.
After putting down the phone, I contemplated why I had not called my seniors during the night and came to the conclusion that it was partly because I did not want to tarnish my image as a competent junior doctor. Just as I was recuperating from this lesson, my fellow junior doctor asked whether I had chased up the blood results of one of his patients. I realised this task had not been handed over by the doctor on late shift.
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