@1 month ago with 1 note
How being a waitress will make me a better clinician
I started drafting this post over a year ago, and never got around to actually writing it, outside of finding this stellar waitress photo. Today I had an interview for a serving job at a small, independently owned restaurant in the suburbs. Yes, I was actively seeking a serving job.. But only for two nights a week, don’t worry Mom.
I sat down with the manager, a twenty-something like myself; bubbly, sweet, etc. The place was empty save one elderly regular, yet everyone was smiling - even the cook who only had one pan on the stove. And I imagine they’d all have the same smiles on their faces if the place was packed and every single employee was in the weeds. (Long story short, I got hired. But I digress.)
Could you imagine any clinical setting where everyone is smiling regardless of how slow things are, or how busy they might get? It’s a lose-lose. If there aren’t any patients, providers can’t bill for any services, thus they’re unhappy. If there’s a flood of patients, providers feel rushed and often claim they’re unable to keep up. I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard a physician say they were “in the weeds,” but I’ve definitely witnessed my fair share of flailing.
What if physicians worked for tips? There’s certainly an element of people-pleasing that goes on in healthcare, in fact, many providers rely on referrals. But come on, if you knew that making your table laugh with a snide “so I guess you didn’t like it?” at an empty plate or two would add a few bucks onto your gratuity, you’d totally bite the bullet and cheese it up.
The service/healthcare industry metaphor could go on and on, and I’ll likely revisit it time and again being that restaurants and hospitals are probably the top two places I spend my time. Starbucks comes in a close third.. followed by my desk chair, naturally.
Until next time..
@6 months ago
#healthier2gether #crohn's #uc #colitis #ibd #pediatrics #healthcare #hcsm #nih #improvecarenow #c3nproject #collaboration #medicine #innovation #whatifhc
I know I haven’t been as active on here as I used to be, I’ve actually taken a break from creating content in an effort to focus on starting my Ph.D and instead have been curating content on Twitter thru retweets and favorites.
But here’s what brought me back: there’s this incredibly important movement called “Healthier Together” and all you have to do to support it is click the link and tell your story. Are you a patient? A parent? A provider? Do you believe in the power of collaboration to transform the way chronic care is both delivered and received? Click the link, or show your support on tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and be sure to tag your posts with “#healthier2gether” - it only takes a minute!
Much appreciated.. Comment with any questions!
Helping your doctor help you
@1 year ago with 2 notes
#patients #healthcare #millennial #doctor #physician
Project Millennial is a great resource for young people who are a part of our changing healthcare system personally, professionally, or both. This interview with Dr. Uble of Duke University goes into how we as patients can help our doctors to make shared medical decisions.
@1 year ago with 24 notes
I mentioned that there is a group of us motivating each other, whining together, and keeping each other company through these few weeks as our bodies try to make exams infinitely harder than they already are.
Now we have a tag to find each other!
So if you are struggling, please join us. We’re up most of the night & love our 3 minute dance parties when the anxiety hits. Don’t struggle alone.
Tweet @chroniccurve with #spooniestudent and we will be very glad to welcome you to the group.