There’s this one attending who has a certain routine while inpatient. She sees her patients, writes her orders, then comes to the inpatient pharmacy. Every day. Not at rounds! Just us and her. She reminds us which patients are hers, a word or two about her diagnoses, then asks if we have any questions or suggestions. If she’s ever struggling with finding the best treatment plan, she waits until she gets there to bounce ideas off of us.
Not to give us orders, but just to plan together. It rarely takes more than five minutes out of her day. She also will sometimes give a brief, respectful heads up about one of her residents’ patients—asking us to be a more alert safety net as the resident makes decisions.
This physician makes typos and errors as often as any other, but you know what? I think I’ve paged her maybe once the entire time I’ve worked here. She’s already answered all of my questions, so why would I page her? Think of the freedom for the rest of her day that this five minute visit buys her.
She seems to be completely aware that we’re not her bosses. She’s so humble—totally okay with making mistakes, as long as she makes them in front of the pharmacists, because we’re here to protect and empower her.