At a teaching hospital like the University of Michigan, your room is likely to fill up with many new faces when the doctor makes his or her rounds. And you’re probably wondering: Who are all these people in my room??
The answer is simple and complex: They’re all there to care for you, and each has a specific reason for being in your room. Here’s a rundown of some of the people who might be in your room and what they do:
- The attending physician or senior physician (your doctor) is also the “teacher” physician.
- A pharmacy student as well as a clinical pharmacist “teacher” monitors your medications.
- A social worker is a healthcare professional trained to assist with social needs.
- A nurse practitioner is a nurse with a graduate level of education who’s trained to diagnose and treat disease.
- A physician assistant is a medical professional with graduate level education who’s trained to diagnose and treat disease.
- Medical students are learning your history as part of their education.
- Residents are physicians who are learning to deliver patient care.