Lorraine Tosiello, MD
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Tosiello L.; An Oasis in Time. Ann Intern Med. 2011;154:705. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-154-10-201105170-00017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(10):705.
TO THE EDITOR:
As an internist who trained in the mid-1980s, I had the privilege of enjoying the kind of significant patient care that Liu describes in his article regarding a medical service “designed to help residents to better know their patients as individuals” (1). At the time, this type of experience was caused not by limiting patient numbers but by the dual “extenders” of long resident work hours and long patient length of stay. Both have decreased, leaving physicians in training with less time to spend with their patients.
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