- Establish a trusting relationship
- Communicate the diagnosis and treatment plan
- Chart everything
- Listen to others on your medical team
- Refer when appropriate
- Adhere to protocol
- Obtain informed consent
So what can you do to make the most of your time with patients? One place to start is by reviewing your patients’ charts before entering the room so you are not spending precious minutes playing catch-up. Once inside the exam room, if you find yourself spending too much time documenting in the EHR—ie, looking at a screen rather than making eye contact with your patient—consider using a medical scribe for data entry.