Planning for Tomorrow
The wise clinician, like the astute leader, always looks ahead to tomorrow - and the day after that. In patient care, envisioning tomorrow means trying to anticipate the course of the patient’s illness and the outcome of recommended therapy, discussed in Chap. 5 on Disease Treatment and Prevention and even in Chap. 6 on Caring for Dying Patients and Their Families. In the practice of delivering top quality health care to our patients, planning for tomorrow involves staying current with the advances in clinical care and the new developments in health policy and economics (Chap. 7 on Making a Living as a Clinician and Chap. 8 on Staying Up to Date). And, there is also the consideration of what to anticipate in your own life and that of your family. In this chapter, we will touch on a few of these topics, but the emphasis will be on your personal preparation for some life changes that may lie ahead.
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