Physicians

Laboratory Medicine Physician Attributes

Medical Colleague

Clinical Competency
The reports generated by the laboratory physician are clear, concise, accurate, and complete. The reports prepared appropriately answer the intended questions, make management recommendations, discuss the limitations of the study reported, and offer a differential diagnosis. The laboratory physician discusses alternatives to tests that may be of limited clinical usefulness and applies safe laboratory practice. The laboratory physician works within the limits of his/her expertise, is able to analyze complex problems, makes relevant clinical correlations, and performs technical procedures competently.
Communication and Collegiality
The laboratory physician works and collaborates well with colleagues, residents, nurses, technologists, transcriptionists, and other support staff and trainees. The laboratory physician works with other professionals to prevent and/or resolve conflicts effectively. He/she gives and accepts feedback constructively. The laboratory physician manages conflicts of interest and accepts responsibility for his/her professional actions. The laboratory physician is ethical and professional.
Professional Development
The laboratory physician participates in professional development activities and in facility or regional committees. The laboratory physician contributes to the education of laboratory physician and clinical colleagues. He/she also contributes to quality improvement and departmental meetings. The laboratory physician demonstrates effective leadership.
Professional Behaviour
The laboratory physician prioritizes professional duties effectively and appropriately when dealing with multiple patients and professional challenges. He/she uses available resources efficiently and appropriately. The laboratory physician maintains a healthy balance between his/her professional and personal responsibilities.
Professional Consultation
The laboratory physician consults with other laboratory physicians and is reasonably available for consultation. The laboratory physician shares workload responsibility with colleagues and prepares reports in a timely manner.

Co-worker

Professional Responsibility
The laboratory physician treats co-workers with respect and contributes to their learning. He/she responds in a timely fashion and listens effectively. The laboratory physician cares for the safety of co-workers and behaves appropriately in stressful situations. The laboratory physician responds professionally and skillfully to urgent situations and works to resolve and/or prevent workplace conflicts. He/she respects the training and knowledge of co-workers.
Patient Responsibility
The laboratory physician respects the co-workers and the patients regardless of gender, ethnicity, or disability. The laboratory physician respects patient confidentiality and takes responsibility for errors in the laboratory. He/she gives constructive feedback, has effective verbal and written communication skills, and is available for questions. The laboratory physician is organized and knowledgeable.

Referring Physician

Professional Responsibility
The laboratory physician accepts feedback constructively and takes responsibility for his/her professional actions. The laboratory physician collaborates and consults with other healthcare professionals to seek additional information. The laboratory physician works within the limits of his/her expertise, has knowledge of current medical practice, participates in medical rounds, performs technical procedures competently, and is available for consultation. The laboratory physician shows effective leadership and manages conflicts of interest. He/she exhibits professional and ethical behaviour towards other physicians and towards patients and their families.
Professional Communication
The reports generated by the laboratory physician are clear, concise, accurate, clinically relevant, complete, timely, and offer a differential diagnosis appropriately. The reports generated by the laboratory physician consider the information provided by other healthcare professionals. He/she is able to analyze complex problems.
Professional Consultation
The reports prepared by the laboratory physician appropriately make management recommendations, suggest consultation/additional testing, and discuss the limitations of the report/investigation. The laboratory physician suggests laboratory tests when needed and discusses alternatives to test requests that may be of limited clinical usefulness. He/she performs and communicates urgent consultations in a timely manner.