Practicing On Patients, Real And Otherwise

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 8:58am
Pauline W. Chen, MD

Near the end of my surgical training, I spent three months as chief resident of a hospital trauma team. Two other doctors-in-training and I formed the first-line emergency room response, resuscitating patients who had been mangled, burned or otherwise injured. It was my first experience as a leader, but each of us was already fairly proficient and we all got along. I was confident that we would work well together.

I was wrong.

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