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physician drift

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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.

Reference http://bsurgmed.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/physician-drift-a-new-term-for-practicing-out-of-specialty/

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