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24 Hours On Call

MON 9:45AM Ryder and D'Souza examine a patient. The intern "pre-rounds" in the early morning to gather pertinent data on the unit's patients—such as changes since the previous day's rounds in their physical condition, medications, or lab results. "She reports on everything that's happened in the last 24 hours," Ryder explains. "Then we all go in and examine the patient together."

MON 10:29AM Laquer and Brooks pay close attention as Ryder talks with another patient and his wife. "We walk in, we talk to the patient, and we examine him," Ryder says. Morning rounds also include reviewing that day's treatment plan with the patient and answering any questions the patient may have. As the leader of the team, the second-year resident keeps the "big picture" in mind, delegates responsibility, and empowers the intern and medical student to do their jobs.

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