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Teaching hospital teams

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:373
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    We meet in the morning for consulting rounds. “How is Mr Jones ?” I ask. “Oh, he is Irene's patient, and she is in the clinic,” answers another resident.

    We go to see Mr Jones. Manuel, the intern on the primary care “team,” has the day off. The resident cannot present the patient because he was off last night. The student who worked up the patient is at a lecture. “Jones really belongs to Manuel, and we …

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