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August 13, 1982

Staff Meetings

JAMA. 1982;248(6):645. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330060013008

To the Editor.—  "The Fine Art of Disappearing From Meetings" by Dr Ellner (1982;247:508) was an amusing but true description of an aspect of modern medicine that has evolved as a result of some nebulous authority dictating that to be a competent physician one must attend staff meetings. These meetings are Very Boring, and hardly anything Truly Significant happens at them. They usually consist of committee reports on such not-very-earth-shattering matters as new acquisitions by the library, credentials of prospective new members of the staff, bylaws changes, ad hoc reports on new emergency room rules, or what brand of formula to feed the babies in the newborn nursery. The nitty-gritty, down-to-brass-tacks arguments and exploration of the issues have already (or should have) occurred at the committee meetings earlier, and when the reports are presented at the general staff meeting, they are given a "rubber stamp" approval by the membership. On