New Doctors Spending Less Time With Patients


    How are doctors-in-training spending their time? Less and less with patients.

    FOX News Radio’s Bill Vitka reports:

    To find out how doctors-in-training spend their time, researchers from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland shadowed them for nearly 900 hours.

    Tracking their time with patients, other doctors, meeting with families, sleeping, eating — even walking around the hospital. 

    The New York Times says most of their of their time is spent indirectly related to patient care, like reading charts, writing notes, entering orders, and the like. When they calculate the amount of time spent face to face with patients — doctors-in-training devote about eight minutes each day to each patient, that’s only about 12% of their time.

    Bill Vitka, FOX News Radio.