As a physician, your relationship with a physician’s assistant is one that must be built on trust and integrity. Ideally, this ongoing relationship would last many years in practice, allowing for inter-dependency and mutual respect to be developed across a variety of experiences – both vocational and personal. With a healthy and dynamic working relationship at work, physicians and PAs can better engage one another while serving patients and providing treatment.
However, a great physician-to-assistant relationship doesn’t happen by magic, nor does it pop up overnight. Building a healthy and thriving vocational relationship requires a physician to take the lead in instituting several practices that will aid in building this all-important bridge:
Assume The Role Of The Teacher
As a physician, your PA sees you as an expert in the field with a wealth of experience. Whether or not you see yourself in this light, one of the best ways to begin building a healthy relationship with your PA is by taking on the role of teacher or mentor. Never underestimate the value of taking time to teach and guide your PA through your medical decisions-making, your daily schedule, patient interactions, and more. Not only can you encourage moments of applicable and practical teaching, but you are also setting the standard for a lifelong learning habit with your PA.
Develop A 1-1 Mentoring Relationship
Not only should a physician focus on teaching their PA, but they should also begin laying the foundation for a mentorship that goes beyond the practice. The amount of time a physician and PA spend together will naturally lead to experiences in both work and life situations. By allowing an appropriately personal mentorship, a physician can instill trust, integrity, and ongoing development in their PA.
Keep Your Door Open
Keeping an open door policy with a PA ensures that they feel they can approach their physician with any questions, concerns, or opinions at any time. This can help encourage an open channel of communication that will only increase the trust between the two of you. Avoid brushing off the PA’s questions or comments – no matter how trivial. You never know what a simple conversation may lead to in building an ongoing relationship.
Build One Another With Respect & Encouragement
Above all, the key to a healthy and thriving relationship between a physician and a PA is ongoing respect and encouragement. As a team, it is vital that you develop one another in each part of your daily life. Whether this is in the room with a patient or after the clock has been punched, offering words of encouragement will add to the sense of trust and integrity built between the two of you. By giving respect both in word and deed, you can continue to build up a strong wall of trust that will be necessary during difficult moments.
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