How a Great Medical Team Gives You Better Care

Advisor Perspectives welcomes guest contributions. The views presented here do not necessarily represent those of Advisor Perspectives.

We often think of successful people as individuals, but everyone from Ben Franklin to Steve Jobs has spoken about the value of surrounding yourself with a smart team. A talented, supportive team is especially important in the medical field because it improves patient outcomes.

When a patient is choosing a new doctor, they typically look at them as an individual. They consider the doctor's area of expertise, training, location, reputation, and the potential cost of a visit, but they may not give much thought to the doctor's colleagues and how well they work together. I encourage patients to broaden their perspective and consider the whole team.

In the ER, teams work together to provide great care

For many years, I ran hospital emergency departments in New York City, where I saw firsthand how a great medical team benefits patients. In addition to the ER staff, many healthcare practitioners from outside the ER added to the team, including respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and social workers.