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.


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  1. So much for scrubs and white ooats in public. In my student days at Columbia-Pres in NYC, we were NEVER allowed on the street in our uniforms. There were tunnels that connected all buildings and that’s how the uniformed staff traveled. Keep the germs inside where they live, not outside where they can infect people.

    Would that we could have some of the good old days back where uniforms signified the level of provider that was addressing the patient. Now, everyone looks alike (messy) and patients are confused.

    Is this a good way to deal with patients?



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