A Day in the LifeA Day in the Life

About A Day in the Life | Morning Report | Work Rounds | Sign Outs

About A Day in the Life

Caring for patients, interacting with colleagues, writing orders, mastering new procedures, acquiring new skills, managing treatment plans, learning from your teachers, teaching each other… your time in a U.S. graduate medical education (GME) program will be busy, varied, and full of new experiences. A Day in the Life captures some of these experiences, portraying the routine activities that comprise a day in the life of a U.S. resident.

Through these video modules, you will get an idea of the conversational tone, types of interactions, non-verbal communications, and other behaviors that characterize the way the physician team interacts during three important parts of a resident’s daily routine: morning reports, work rounds, and sign outs.

A resident’s day typically begins with morning report, a case-based conference focused on clinical teaching. During this highly participatory event, everyone is encouraged to ask questions and propose answers about the patient cases that are presented. Many members of your residency program will participate in morning report, under the direction of one or more attending physicians.

During work rounds, members of the physician team discuss and check on the progress and condition of their patients and update their plans for further diagnostic testing and treatment. The format of work rounds involves discussing the patient privately with the physician team, talking with the patient at the bedside, and working closely with various members of the health care team. Work rounds may be done more than once a day.

No one resident is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so the process of sign outs is of great importance. This process is essential to patient care and safety as you will be handing over information, concerns, and next steps about patients you have treated to the new residents coming onto the service.

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