At the bedside, the patient becomes the center of the physician's
attention. Presenting a patient's case in his or her presence changes
the presentations dramatically, invariably for the better. It also
offers junior residents and students more opportunities to view
interactions between attending physicians and senior residents,
providing them with visible models of professional behavior.
Additionally, teaching physicians can provide direct instruction in
observation and physical examination, skills that are increasingly
endangered among new physicians. It is also important that the positive
attitude toward patients continue into the doctor's lounge, the
elevator, and all other areas of the hospital. If they do not, or if
the attitude is seen as disingenuous, confidentiality and
professionalism will be undermined.