The attending physician is a physician who has completed their residency and fellowship training. They are in charge of a team of doctors that can include medical students, residents, and fellows. They are ultimately responsible for decisions made about the course of care.RelevanceThe buck stops with them. They are ultimately responsible for the care that is received.
Just after finishing my residency in Emergency Medicine, I was the attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency Room, a role I was still getting used to. One evening, the overhead pager blared: “Trauma Team to the Trauma Room.”