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

Elena Ying Ern Ong (Lead / Corresponding author), Daniel Ying Yao Ong, Mohammed Abdul Waduud, Wen Ling Choong

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)228-231
    Number of pages4
    JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
    Issue number1134
    Early online date30 Jan 2020
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2020


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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine


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