Perhaps the most important (and unexpected) lesson I learned was in collegiality -- without which this project would've gone nowhere. Medical workplaces are unfortunately rather segregated; everyone for the most part keeps to their own staff/resident/nurse/what-have-you group. Like a clique-y high school. We even have separate Christmas parties.
This project was the opposite, borne out of a multidisiplinary melting pot. Our co-investigators hail from nursing, radiation therapy, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, clinical nutrition, art therapy, spiritual care, and clinical psychology. All people who I'm ashamed to say if not for this project, I'd probably only know in passing.
But together, look how far we've come --
|home stretch, baby!|
Second, make things fun -- I put a chart up in the clinic so that we could track our accrual progress, with an orange circle every 25 accruals when I'd bring in a treat. Most recently, at the 175 mark, we had oreo m&m chocolate chip cookies.
- 0.75 cup oatmeal
- 0.75 cup chocolate chips
- 0.75 cup m&ms
- 12 oreos (coarsely broken)
They actually turned out awesome -- I recommend!
And third, show your appreciation. We had a team dinner this week at Situation Brewing, off Whyte Ave. It was really nice to hang out with the radiation therapists, nurses, and pharmacist (I realized I only ever spend time with residents :S) over good food and drinks.
|the delicious angry bison burger & Declan's Irish stout|