(redirected from curbside consultation)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.


1. a person legally qualified to practise medicine, esp one specializing in areas of treatment other than surgery; doctor of medicine
2. Archaic any person who treats diseases; healer



a person who has completed a higher medical education or higher veterinary education. (Dentists have a secondary medical education.)

Physicians are trained at higher medical educational institutions. Persons who have graduated from foreign medical schools gain the right to practice medicine in the USSR after passing state examinations and examinations in courses not given in foreign schools. Persons who have practiced medicine as well as those with advanced degrees are allowed to practice without taking examinations by special permission of the Ministry of Health. The physician in a socialist state engages in therapeutic and prophylactic work aimed at improving the environment and the working and living conditions of the people. He is guided by medical ethics, which also includes the concept of a physician’s duty. Working in a medical institution, the physician is obliged to keep medical secrets. His duty is to render first aid. Soviet law stipulates criminal liability for failure to take care of a sick person without valid reasons on the part of individuals required by law to do so (Criminal Code of the RSFSR, art. 128). If medical personnel have not provided the necessary care during performance of their official duties, they are held responsible for malpractice.

Physicians who also engage in private practice must record in special books general information about their patients, as well as the medicine prescribed and treatments given.

Physicians are divided by specialties into internists (for internal diseases), pediatricians (for children’s diseases), surgeons, gynecologists (for women’s diseases), roentgenologists, neurologists (for diseases of the nervous system), psychiatrists (for mental illnesses), dermatovenereologists (for skin and venereal diseases), stomatologists (for diseases of the oral cavity and teeth), otolaryngologists (for diseases of the ear, nose, and throat), phthisiologists (for tuberculosis), oncologists (for tumors), traumatic surgeons (for various injuries), orthopedists (for diseases of the organs of support and motion), and so on.

In the USSR certification is required to ensure the correct utilization of physicians and to improve their qualifications. Qualifications are determined by special committees. The highest qualification is awarded a physician who has had at least ten years of experience in his specialty and who has advanced theoretical and practical training. A physician’s salary depends on his qualifications and length of service.

In capitalist countries medical care is provided chiefly by private practitioners. In a number of countries some forms of medical care are provided free at state-owned medical centers or charitable organizations.


Artem’ev, F. A. Zakonodatel’stvo po upravleniiu zdarvookhraneniem SSSR. Moscow, 1955.
Semashko, N. A. “Ob etike sovetskogo vracha.” Gigiena i sanitariia, 1945, nos. 1-2.
Gruber, G. B. Arzt und Ethik. Berlin, 1956.


What does it mean when you dream about a physician?

See Doctor.


An individual authorized to practice medicine.
References in periodicals archive ?
A 1-year prospective study at Fletcher Allen Health Care, a 500-bed community and tertiary care center in Burlington, found that infectious disease specialists gave 1,001 curbside consultations, defined as advice or suggestions given to another physician without seeing the patient.
Without the physicians or nurses who requested the curbside consultations knowing it, the infectious disease specialists assigned a CPT code to each event based on whether the patient in question was an inpatient or outpatient, whether the consultation dealt with initial care or subsequent care, and how complex the case was.
In 98% of cases, curbside consultations focused on a specific patient, rather than on theoretical patients or general topics.
The curbside consultations accounted for 21% of all infectious disease consultations that year and were as complex as formal consultations, Dr.
Grace noted that some physicians requesting the curbside consultations practiced 20-150 miles away, making formal consultations more difficult.
Clinical support is available through the curbside consultations, which provide quick answers to the most common questions and invaluable videos provide step-by-step guides for nursing students.
We also encourage curbside consultations by primary care physicians while they are seeing their patients.