Curbside consults : a tradition we ought to abandon
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Physicians, having shared and survived the gauntlets of medical school and residency, tend to be supportive of one another. At the same time, having first hand knowledge of the time commitment that goes with our profession, we are often hesitant to ask for one another's assistance. These factors have been instrumental in the evolution of the curbside or sidewalk consult, a practice that is ingrained during the hectic years of residency. Though widely utilized and well-intentioned, the reliance on curbside consults has several limitations and pitfalls which, I suggest, make a case for abandoning this practice.