This phrase struck me as the perfect way to describe an experience I had my intern year. My first continuity ob patient had a fetal demise at 34 weeks. She was the first patient I had followed from the beginning of her pregnancy. I performed her dating ultrasound at 9 weeks. Unlike many of my patients, she and her husband faithfully came to every prenatal visit. She did not smoke, use drugs and followed the dietary guidelines. Her husband was the chatter one of the duo, while she would calmly take everything in at our visits. They both teared up when I told them they were having a girl at the 20 week ultrasound. They told me her name was Emma.
Then, I received a phone call from my colleague who had seen them for a prenatal check. She could not… Continue reading
While this seems intuitive, it was stunning to see the benefits of nurturing the follower play out in such a clear example as the dancing man. I see this a lot in residency, someone has an idea and rather than encourage brainstorming with colleagues, deviations are shut down quickly. Change is not an individual, but a momentum. Leadership is not to see one’s ideas through but promote what is good for the group. I am eager to return to become the first follower in an effort to combat the change fatigue without real change we face at my program.