I spent the majority of my medical education learning at the patient’s bedside. Great mentors showed me how to take a history, demonstrated proper ways of completing an exam and, most importantly, taught me how to treat patients. Some of the things I know may have been initially acquired in books, but I solidified all of that information at the bedside.
In order to continue this wonderful medical tradition we initiated “Grand Rounds” on our pediatric ward. Yesterday, we assembled all of the doctors, most of the nurses and all of the students into a large team. We talked about each patient one at a time, detailed each plan and let students ask questions. For two and a half hours, we all learned from each other. And, in just two and a half hours, we took a large step forward in improving care for our patients.
We will continue to have Grand Rounds every week.