Which Dr. would you choose?
Imagine your loved one has been brought to the emergency department as a result of a car accident. The severity of her injuries include several broken bones, and internal injuries requiring surgical repair. You have the choice between two surgeons and have a limited amount of time to decide. You are an employee of the hospital, and have the advantage of being familiar with both surgeons. You are aware of their surgical skills as well as their individual personalities. Which would you choose?
One surgeon has tremendous skills as a surgeon; his patient outcomes related to severity of injury scores were the highest in the state. If you are his patient, he manages your care like an army sergeant. He is demanding and would be considered high in neuroticism; in other words, he is tense, impulsive, and his mood is unpredictable (PSY533, 2017). He is assertive at the bedside, making clear his expectations, however, he tends to be socially awkward and more introverted when not interacting with the team. The staff respect him as a surgeon, but are sometimes afraid to approach him with questions or concerns based on his unpredictable reactions.
The other surgeon is an excellent surgeon; however, his patient outcome scores are not comparable. The scores are respectable, simply not the outcomes representative of the first surgeon. If you are his patient, he manages your care with the collaboration of the team. He relies on each team member’s expertise; he develops a relationship with each caregiver and trusts their judgement related to patient care. This surgeon would be considered low in neuroticism, as he is even keeled and predictable (PSY 533, 2017). He is friendly, charismatic, and genuinely cares about his patients.
To aid in your decision, you are reminded that the actual surgical procedure is just a portion of the overall process. Surviving surgery may seem like the greatest challenge; in reality, it is the recovery phase that poses the greatest risk for complication. Let’s suppose your loved one’s nurse notices a change in an xray, or a lab result, and suspects a complication. Would the nurse call to alert the surgeon? Based on the individual personalities of the two surgeons, which one would she most likely call to provide timely interventions.
Times up. Which Dr. would choose?
PSY 533. (2017). L09 Five-Factor Model of Personality. Retrieved from https://psu.instructure.com/courses/1834796/pages/l09-five-factor-model-of-personality?module_item_id=21902247