The Ins and Outs of the Doctor’s Day – NYTimes.com

Reflections on how the practice of medicine has changed, and the different nature and requirements of clinic and in-patient work.

In my case, there is pretty seamless integration between the clinic, the Medical Day Care Unit, and the ward: same group of hematologists, many of the nurses move back and forth, and a common file. Having a group practice makes this possible. It may be different in other areas.

As the author notes:

There are moments when I pine for the simpler days (if they ever actually existed), when patients could get everything they needed from one doctor. But that era no doubt had as many flaws as strengths. As I rummage around in my pockets, trying to remember whether I’ve left my stethoscope on the inpatient ward or back in clinic, I accept that we can’t choose the era in which we practice medicine, so we may as well make the best of what we have.

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