As a member of the health care team, your interaction with the patients and their families will often exceed that of more senior members of your team. Accordingly, you are required to meet certain standards of professional decorum.
You are expected to wear clean white coats with name tags at all times. Men must wear shirts and ties. Women are expected to be comparably attired.
All patients are to be addressed as Mr., Mrs., etc. Any discussion of diagnosis, management or prognosis with the patient or family should be first cleared with the housestaff or the attending physician.
Optimum patient care requires a mutual attitude of courtesy and respect. Nurses and the personnel can be a great resource for learning. Any interpersonal difficulties with ancillary personnel should be reported to your resident or attending.
You are expected to be present and on time for all rounds, conferences and other scheduled activities. If you must be absent from or late to usual ward activities for any reason (illness, car trouble, family emergency, jury duty, etc.) Please call both your resident and Dr. Pruitt's Office (721-1990).