Our Residents Are Collaborators
Part 3 of 7
PGY4 Radiology Resident
Collaboration is vital to practicing medicine. In fact, the collaboration process begins the moment a person seeks help from a medical professional. Sometimes we need to consult a number of specialists, sub specialists, and many other members of the health care team in order to solve a problem. In a teaching hospital such as the Foothills Medical Centre, it is not uncommon for a resident to be the first physician a patient meets. From there, the collaborative process begins as the patient’s concerns are addressed by a large team of health-care professionals and hospital staff.
Life as a radiology resident is exciting not only because the most advanced technology is always at your fingertips, but because you have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with specialists from a wide scope of practice: surgery, oncology, obstetrics, cardiology, nephrology, orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics – and that’s the short list. Sometimes the radiologic findings are merely a snapshot of a patient’s experience and the rest of their story is a mystery. However, as diagnostic imaging services play an ever increasing role in patient care, the collaborative experience becomes richer as each specialty pools their resources towards a common goal.
The role of Collaborator is increasingly important in the modern multiprofessional environment, where the goal of patient-centred care is widely shared. Therefore, our residents:
1. Participate effectively and appropriately in an interprofessional health-care team;
2. Effectively work with other health professionals to prevent, negotiate, and resolve interprofessional conflict*
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