What a Great Friday Afternoon!
Our falls/vestibular service is usually very busy and booked solidly. In order to find time to review literature, brainstorm or study a particular case, we have to block out space in our calendars (nearly impossible) or use our own time.
This past Friday, the four patients scheduled for the afternoon all cancelled on my colleague and I. The assistants were off for the afternoon and the nurses were running clinics elsewhere. My junior colleague and I had the chance to reflect upon cases we were working on, research unusual findings and discuss them together, and discover some things about vestibular rehab that we hadn't known previously. We shared a few "Aha!" moments and came up with revised treatment plans, revised work flows and most importantly, some new excitement for the work we were doing.
Structured time to reflect upon practice, research things that are new or have been forgotten, discuss cases and figure out the best approach to complex presentations shouldn't have to be a luxury. Yes, it is "non-productive" time in some books, but how much future time have we saved from the reflection of one afternoon? How much more will we be able to contribute to the practice of everyone in the service? I think it was well worth the cost!