Blog | Thursday, October 3, 2019

Help your future colleagues

As a ward attending physicians, we have a great opportunity and responsibility. We are helping patients and helping our future colleagues grow into the physicians that patients need.

Ward rounds are never about making the attending physician's ego grow. They are always about patients and learners.

We must embrace servant leadership as a way to lead rounds. I have written about this concept for many years. These old posts are, in my opinion, worth rereading:
On treating medical students with respectI spend much time talking with medical students. It is part of my job, but more than that I like medical students. What should be the goal of medical schools? I believe we have an obligation to help our students grow into great physicians. What philosophical principles should we use? Perhaps the answer to success … Continue reading

And this one:
Tips for IM ward attendings – Chapter One – servant leadershipThe best attending physicians, at least in my opinion, embody servant leadership. Unfortunately, we all have had attending physicians do not understand or live this philosophy. A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power … Continue reading

The problem is persistent. We have too many leaders and ward attending physicians who feed their ego through intimidation. We need leaders (and remember all ward attending physicians are in leadership positions) who serve their profession. What we do is too important too not fulfill the words in the Hippocratic Oath.

“To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.”

db is the nickname for Robert M. Centor, MD, MACP. db stands both for Dr. Bob and da boss. He is an academic general internist at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and the former Regional Dean for the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus of UASOM. He still makes inpatient rounds regularly at the Birmingham VA and Huntsville Hospital. His current titles are Professor-Emeritus and Chair-Emeritus of the ACP Board of Regents. This post originally appeared at his blog, db's Medical Rants.