Doctors need help managing their ‘perpetual state of transition’

Transitions in patient care are linked to increased risk of error. Many in medicine overlook the hazards of transition points in physicians' training.

Transition points in patient care, like the handoff of a patient from a doctor ending his shift to one beginning hers, are widely recognized as periods of increased risk of error. Yet what many in medicine overlook are the hazards of transition points in physicians’ training.

Each July, new medical school graduates and other physicians-in-training enter the next stages of their careers. Ranging from interns to residents and fellows, these rising physicians participate in orientation programs as a part of periodic, ongoing transitions into new, progressively expanding clinical roles.

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