2016-08-26 20:44:55 UTC

Aug. 29, 2016

New report aims to help physicians curb the overuse of resources and testing in the clinical setting.

A recent report published by the Association of Medical Colleges provides a list of six of the most common behaviors that medical students and trainees should question before doing. Despite the focus on new physicians, these tips are applicable to GIs at any stage of their career.

Here are the six tips from the report:

  1. Don’t suggest ordering the most invasive test or treatment before considering other, less invasive options.
  2. Don’t suggest a test, treatment or procedure that will not change the patient’s clinical course.
  3. Don’t miss the opportunity to initiate conversations with patients about whether a test, treatment or procedure is necessary. 
  4. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification on tests, treatments or procedures that you believe are unnecessary. 
  5. Don’t suggest ordering tests or performing procedures for the sole purpose of gaining personal clinical experience.
  6. Don’t suggest ordering tests or treatments pre-emptively for the sole purpose of anticipating what your supervisor would want.

The report and its corresponding study were designed as part of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign. The campaign aims to create a conversation about the use of unnecessary tests and procedures between clinicians and patients. AGA participated in the U.S. version of the campaign; review AGA’s GI-Specific Choosing Wisely List.

Do you agree with the list or have any other tips to add? Share your thoughts with other AGA members in AGA Community.

Additional Resource for Trainees
Looking for additional tips to help you excel as a GI? Check out AGA’s 10 Tips for New GI Fellows.