Dr. Reid’s 5 Levers

I’ve written about lessons I’ve learned from Dr. Reid before. If you haven’t read them, check them out here. But I wanted to quickly share one more — a fun way to think about the 5 categories of action we can take to further investigate a clinical scenario. Now, without further ado, I give you, Dr. Reid’s five levers:

They are, from left to right, order a lab, take a picture, call a consult, trial of therapy (add a medication or remove a medication), or tincture of time.

So, the next time that you freeze up when your attending asks you “what do you want to do for this patient?” instead of approaching the vast universe of options in one fell swoop, try breaking it down into this approach.