Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Dictating For Another Physician

In many teaching hospitals, resident physicians may be asked to dictate reports for a patient's attending physician. This process serves two purposes:

  • It gives the resident physician experience in learning how to compose his thoughts in order to dictate.

  • It transfers the dictation workload from the attending physician to the resident (slave labor) physician.

When this happens, two variables are called into question:

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