I know this may come as a terrible shock to some of my readers, but humility and cooperation are not skills embraced by every physician.
I know this may come as a terrible shock to some of my readers, but humility and cooperation are not skills embraced by every physician. To be sure, in a room filled with fifty physicians and a single door, you will get fifty plans on how to leave. We are trained to trust our own judgment. So is it possible for a group of physicians to work together without playing a continual game of “King of the Hill”?
Yes. We have achieved this in our practice, which is a philosophic mishmash. Two of our physicians are board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics; the other three, family medicine. These two methods of primary-care training differ vastly, yet, to date, we have successfully avoided armed conflict and even fistfights. This is even more remarkable if you consider that nearly 15 years separates the training of the most “seasoned” physician (ahem, me) and the newest physician. And I’m proud to say we five doctors go beyond simply coexisting; rather, we thrive on our training differences and pretty much agree to practice medicine in a similar manner.
Here are some key ways to promote solidarity:
By taking steps such as these, you’ll grow from each other’s knowledge. You’ll also find your patients are more satisfied with the care they are getting from any physician in the practice -- surely a worthwhile goal.
Robert Lamberts, MD, is a primary care physician with Evans Medical Group, in Evans, Georgia. He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and specializes in the care of adults, pediatrics, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, preventative medicine, attention deficit disorder and emotional/behavior disorders. Dr. Lamberts serves on multiple committees at several national organizations for the promotion of computerized health records, for which he is a recognized national speaker. He can be reached at email@example.com.