1. Javier Cardenas, MD FHM

    Long ago before the computers invaded us, it was a pleasure to do rounds with the patients, but now is time consuming to fill all the metrics. Discard patients before 10 am, transition plan of care, finish the notes before discharges, etc…How to put your team PT, OT, Speech, pharmacy, RT, RNs, care management team, social worker, students, and you together, and every one finish…without stress or burn out…


    Very informative article and pertinent to the times. After more than 35 years as a “private practice” solo, internist, I personally find daily bedside rounds informative, necessary, and demanded by patients. May be apt to quote here:To study the phenomenon of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all. –Sir William Osler, “Books and Men” in Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, 1901. So, I feel seeing patients and then reviewing records or reviewing records contemporaneously while seeing patients ( with a mobile app or computer on wheels or many a times a computer that is already there in patient’s room) quite the thing to do.

  3. Dr. Arthur Thomas Blanford M.D. Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine and retired Hospitalist

    There is NO SUBSTITUTE for bedside rounding and the opportunity it affords for communication with patients, families and staff. As a teaching tool it is unsurpassed: COVID or no COVID surge. Recommended reading “The Plague” by Albert Camus.

  4. Eric Rosier

    bedsides round is “managing patients” not “teaching”. working with resident is to coach them how to present and use the right terminology. one resident says, “patient denies or refuses etc..” which did not fit well with the patient when using the word “denies” and “refuses”.
    with proper guidance and coaching, it could be fun and interested. some patients like it especially when they noticed the enthusiasm..

  5. Ngozi Achebe

    I have always done bedside rounds with medical students and residents because that is how I was taught. I find it efficient as we put in orders and plans in the computers and laptops as we round. The students learn at the bedside by watching, the attending is forced to polish up on bedside skills and patients are the better for it. I can’t wait for the AI transcriptionist I hear that is becoming available to transcribe and transform speech into intelligent medical records so everyone has a scribe too!


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