Med schools teach team-building to counter "bystander effect"

01/9/2013 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Yale physicians in a New England Journal of Medicine perspective piece claim that consulting doctors who are not directly responsible for a patient's care may not speak up or question decisions or diagnoses, a phenomenon called the "bystander effect." Some medical schools are answering the problem by teaching students about team-building and how to better communicate with specialists or surgeons. Family physician Paul George, who leads a clerkship transition program at Brown University, says it is a start, but more training is needed.

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