Along the way in my job as a doctor, I've seen things done for reasons I don't understand, and sometimes learned new things that I'm very surprised no one told me sooner. That got me thinking hard about why doctors in particular and people in general do so many puzzling, irrational things. I've decided a big part of the explanation is the strong human tendency to fall into roles.
My name is Dr. Ed Ward, and I am a hospitalist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. A hospitalist is a medical specialist who sees patients admitted to the hospital. We provide 24/7 care to patients because most patients in the hospital today are quite ill and require round-the-clock care. If you are my patient, I know you've had better days. Now, don't take this personally, but I hope we don't have to meet. I would rather you visit your primary care provider to hopefully help keep you healthy in the first place.