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Dr Salisbury makes a very salient observation. As a medical student, I have found the simple act of sharing a coffee with doctors an incredibly effective method of integrating us into the team.
Our teaching naturally takes us between different specialities and hospitals, meaning we have to get to know new teams almost monthly. This is often disorientating, so taking a coffee break with staff on our new ward gives us an ideal opportunity to introduce ourselves properly and connect with each other personally, as well as professionally. This increased bond with staff enhances teaching, communication and morale; all by breaking down hierarchical barriers between students and staff.
Coffee can mark the beginning of the day for many, it can also mark the beginning of a new team.