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Playing, and losing, as a medical team

The New York Times, July 9, 2013
Medicine has become a team sport—that's old news. Everyone knows that the team now includes residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, all taking over portions of the role that once belonged to the doctor alone. These colleagues slice and dice the doctor's time-honored obligations into fragments that can be difficult to reassemble. Residents routinely use my license number to write prescriptions; if the resident makes a big mistake, who is liable? Nurses inject medications per my orders; if I miscalculate a dose and disaster ensues, who pays?