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Lots of new responsibilities: Looking for advice

Hey all,

I just went from being a resident with 0 administrative responsibility (except for patients) to being in charge of the pharmacy department of a 220 bed hospital with about 40 or so people I'm responsible for.

Basically I'm freaking out. I need advice and I've just bought GTD and am looking for ways to keep up before I inevitably fall behind.

Any advice, suggestions, or anecdotes would be greatly appreciated.

[Ed's note: I "bumped" this question because I missed it first time around, and I'd love to hear what sorts of advice people have. -- Merlin]

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In "The Checklist" (The New Yorker 12/10/07) surgeon and medical writer Atul Gawande describes an ingenious "trusted system" - the checklist - used to guide medical personnel through complex ICU procedures. By reducing human error, the checklist has been spectacularly effective in reducing infection rates, and saving lives and money, wherever it's been adopted.

Other checklists are now being developed (by the people who will be using them) in other areas of medicine. According to Gawande, a checklist "helps with memory recall, especially with mundane matters that are easily overlooked"; and it "makes explicit the minimum, expected steps in complex processes".

Of course, developing the checklist is pure "ubiquitous capture". (Another GTD term, Pranish, in case you haven't gotten to that part yet.)




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