The Honeymoon Is Over

These are the words of my supervisor, spoken with a sly grin. I’ve just completed one month of my fellowship and she wants me to know that the intensity of my work will begin to increase.

Getting comfortable in the hospital setting was the key objective for my first few weeks. Now that I’ve found the water-cooler, the copying machine and the closest staff restroom, I will be assigned projects with reckless abandon.

What kind of projects, you ask? These will be revealed in due time, friends.

My highest priority now is the creation of a learning plan.

This plan will guide me through the remaining months of my fellowship with clearly stated goals and outcomes. If the learning plan is well crafted and I meet these goals and outcomes, my career as an aspiring mission leader will have begun. If not, I’ll keep plugging away.

If you’ve been paying attention to these writings in my little corner of the internets, you know that I’m a fan of transparency. With this in mind, I’ll be posting regularly about the goals of my learning plan. You’ll learn what my goals are, how I plan to meet (or possibly exceed them), and read about my progress along the way.

I’m coming to healthcare through the backdoor of theology. While the “queen of all sciences” has offered me many opportunities, a knowledge of the business of healthcare cannot be counted among them. This said, at the top of my learning plan is one thing: learn hospital operations.

This includes:

  • Service Lines
  • Shadowing
    • Facilities
    • Pastoral Care
    • Rounding of all types
  • Finance / Budget
  • Human Resources

Fellowship Outcome 1: At the end of this year, I will have a working knowledge of how a hospital works. (Or doesn’t work.)

Michael Miller, Jr.