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November 2015

Responsibility for Patient Care in Graduate Medical Education: Yours, Mine, or Ours?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(11):987-988. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.1825

During a recent visit with one of our patients who was admitted to the hospital for a planned surgery, the parents commented on how much it meant to them that they received a visit from every member of “their team.” This family valued their consistent relationships with their oncology fellow, oncology attending physician, and surgeon who had each been with them “all the way through” from diagnosis to weekly clinic visits and inpatient hospitalizations. We similarly felt committed to this patient and her family, having participated in and coordinated every aspect of her care. Unfortunately, today’s medical trainees are given fewer opportunities to engage with their patients in this way, which represents a lost opportunity for professional development and high-quality patient care.