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    What is a "grand round"

    Originally my neuro asked me to speak at a symposium that focused on surviving trauma. Now, instead, its a grand round???

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMC67 View Post
    Originally my neuro asked me to speak at a symposium that focused on surviving trauma. Now, instead, its a grand round???
    Rounds are what doctors do daily when they walk around and see patients. At rounds, the professor or lead doctor usually teaches the younger doctors and the doctors, nurses, and therapists communicate with each other about the progress and problems of the patient, the work is doled out, and one or more doctors may split off to communicate the conclusion with the patient.

    Grand rounds are meetings, usually at a conference room and once a week, attended by all the doctors. Cases are presented, critiqued, and conensus is reached. Sometimes, Grand Rounds would be a lecture given by a visiting professor. Other times, it is a scheduled presentation by somebody who is selected to provide important information to the doctors at the meeting.

    It is regarded to be an honor to be asked to present at Grand Rounds.


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    "Grand rounds" is usually a conference that is held weekly at an academic hospital (a hospital is usually associated with a medical school, with significant interest in research and education) in a specific academic department (ex. Neurosurgery, orthopedics, Physical Medicine and rehabilitation).

    Typically, all of the attending doctors, research scientists, nurse practitioners, residents, medical students etc.. from that specific department will attend, as well as anyone from any other department who is interested. A talk is given about either a clinical/medical/basic science/research topic that is of interest to the department as a whole. Sometimes they are given by people within the department, sometimes they are given by people visiting from other hospitals/cities.

    They are usually held in some sort of small auditorium or classroom. Sometimes it is just the speaker standing next to a screen showing a Power Point talk, sometimes they are talking at a chalk board, and sometimes a patient may come in to assist by telling a personal story (or to be examined) to help illustrate a disease or clinical question that the speaker is addressing.

    It can be extremely powerful and useful to the people attending to hear directly from patients about their illness/disease process. The fact that your doctor is asking you to attend to give your story is actually a nice compliment and shows that he thinks your story is important and that you have a lot to teach others about traumatic injury.

    He'll just ask you questions... and lead you through your story. You don't have to prepare anything. It might be interesting to think a little bit ahead of time about how your experience has affected your life, in good and bad ways. And how you have changed since your traumatic injury.

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    Nurses often also present Nursing Grand Rounds. It is not limited only to physicians, and often BOTH Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners (both advanced practice nurses) participate in both Medical and Nursing Grand Rounds.

    The person asking you to speak should give you an idea of the types of questions you might anticipate, and what they may want you to demonstrate. You should go there to be blind sided.


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    Thanks for the info Doc, KLD, Uncle P. They say they'll be in touch. Hope its not a "don't call us we'll call you" thing. I'm kinda looking foward to it. Should be, at the least, very interesting. Thanks again.

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    Have you spoken at the Grand Rounds yet? How did it go?

    I am jealous that you get to participate. One of my surgeries--pre-operatively [my last one as a matter of fact] was presented at Grand Rounds and I wasn't invited to participate. I still don't understand why they (the medical residents) told me that they were going to do a case review on me if they weren't going to allow me to attend and hear what options they were considering.

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    Actually the patient rarely attends Grand Rounds. It is done sometimes when the presenter wants to interview the patient or have them available for questions, or sometimes to demonstrate something specific with your disability, but most often the patient is not present (and your identity is not revealed).


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