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Ten tips for foundation doctors when making inpatient referrals to surgical specialties


Making referrals to another specialty is an underemphasised skill in the undergraduate medical curriculum. As a result, many new foundation doctors find themselves ill-equipped to make effective referrals to other specialties as part of their day-to-day responsibilities. This can often be frustrating to the foundation doctor, the specialist and contribute to critical delays in patient care. Surgical registrars are required to triage patients (for urgent review or even to take to theatre) often under time and high patient volume pressures. As such, it is imperative for foundation doctors to make referrals as efficiently as possible to facilitate surgical specialty decision making and, ultimately, to expedite medical care to patients. In this article, we describe 10 tips for the foundation doctor in making inpatient referrals to surgical specialties.

  • medical education & training
  • surgery
  • vascular surgery
  • urology
  • neurosurgery
  • orthopaedic & trauma surgery
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