I am a renal fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and welcome to my blog. To those outside of the medical profession, rounds refers to the daily event of seeing, evaluating, and treating patients each morning in a serial fashion. In the early days of medicine, hospital rooms were arranged in a circle, for example around a rotunda, and as the team of physicians completed reviewing each patients chart, they would have traversed the path of a ’round’ circle; hence, the term ’rounds’.
Today, patients are scattered on different floors, wings, and corners of the hospital. Although the path traversed is different, the term ’rounds’ has stuck. Every morning, medical students, observers, residents, fellows, and attendings discuss the medical aspects of patient care, often leaving the social, ethical, moral, and the downright tangential aspects of medicine for another place. For me, afternoonrounds is that place. Whether you are in the medical profession or not, I welcome you to the discussion.