Sunday, July 02, 2006

Triage Tales 18

Disclaimer: The following story is a work of fiction. All similarities to people, places, things and events are coincidental by nature.
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Dear Colleagues,

Please be cognizant of the fact that we are in an era of workforce shortage. I need not stress the back-breaking work we do everyday.

Alternatively, I would like to stress the following points:
1. If you have been sick and is fully aware that your illness will prevent you from going to work, please inform the senior on duty beforehand for proper arrangements to be made. "Beforehand" does not mean 7AM on a duty day.

2. We are short on people, and seniors might want to call on other members to fill in gaps caused by absent residents who are supposed to be on duty. To properly expedite this, they are now relying on the more efficient technology afforded by cellular phones. Please answer your phones when they are ringing, and please read your new SMS. It will save the senior much anguish on who to call to complete the duty team.
These are common courtesies extended to our other colleagues. I am not one to proselytize about things that I am sometimes guilty of too, but we need to remind ourselves of these courtesies once in a while.

We cannot do anything about our being short on residents in the short-, medium-, or even long-term. We can only pray for the day that we wake up and find that our residency training is over, by contract or by choice.

Sincerely,

Your Colleague

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