Practice your Best: Do you Really do it?

“Practicing your best” is all about your medical activities fully leveraging your education, training, and experience, and utilizing your time to the best of your skill set.

That means, let others do what can be done by others.

This typically means almost full dedication to patient care.

In contrast, there are medical facilities where more than 75% of medical professional time is spent in administrative tasks!

So does this mean that physicians and medical staff should be completely detached from routine day-to-day activities?
So does this mean that physicians and medical staff should be completely detached from routine day-to-day activities?

Not at all. Simply, you need to be selective.

How can you let for example, anyone else in your office engage with your patient for checking or confirming check up results?

You certainly need to be involved in all activities that strengthen relationships with your patient.

More than that, patient care is all about bringing more than typical medical skills in support of your patient and that is blending philosophy, psychology, education and experience.

This full blend of unique cross-functional skills is what makes the difference in "practicing your best".

So, are your really committed in achieving that? Get ready to face the obstacles:

a) Patient care fragmentation: Specialists focusing on problem isolation and missing the "big patient picture" and consequently critical patient needs.

b) Underestimation of medical team: Proper leveraging of each specialist in the team is crucial.

That involves clear role definition of each discipline, according to skills and experience, constant communication and coordination. In most cases, failure to do so results in demoralization or even unhealthy competition among the team members.

"Practicing your Best" truly means bring the best of your training and expertise in collaboration with other medical professionals, understanding and best utilizing all different skills while ensuring that your medical infrastructure is properly fit for best patient care.

You owe that to your patients according to the oath you gave as medical professionals.

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