physician driftJoe Segen2016-12-27T10:07:46+00:00
A popular term for the practice by a physician in an area of medicine–in particular, cash-paid discretionary procedures such as liposuction and other cosmetic procedures by a gynaecologist, for which he or she was not formally trained in residency or fellowship.
Types of physician drift
• Upstream drift (the potentially dangerous drift) A doctor performs procedures in which he has no formal residency or fellowship training–e.g., liposuction by a family pracititioner
• Downstream drift A doctor performs procedures for which prior training and experience instruct the lack of hands-on experience in a particular procedure–e.g., botox injections by a cardiovascular surgeon.