Chief Resident: Each patient room has a white-board – make sure that where it says ‘Physician’ you write your attending’s name.
Me: Do we write our own name on there, too? So the patient knows who we are?
Chief Resident: Nope. The patient doesn’t need to know who you are.
Other intern: I thought the nurse said it was critical to have the intern’s name on the white-board…?
Chief Resident: Oh! Haha, I see the confusion. Okay, no – she was talking about the white board at the nurse’s station! The nurses need to know who to call.
Me: Oh. Okay.
Chief Resident: See, one of the questions on the ‘Patient Satisfaction’ survey the hospital uses is ‘Did you know your attending physician’s name?’ – so we have to write it up there so the patients will get that question right. Makes our satisfaction score higher.
Chief Resident: The rest of the team doesn’t matter, you’re just free labor.