How to Get the Most Out of Your First Appointment

How to get the most out of your first office appointment

You should come prepared and do not assume that Dr. Belsley has already seen your medical record. Please ask your primary care doctor for your summary sheet that lists your medical problems as well as your medications and your doses.

Prepare your medical records

Computer and Stethoscope
Electronic medical records are becoming the norm instead of the exception. Please remember that while the systems are helpful, they don't always speak to each other and the electronic records while available for one hospital may not been accessible at another.

Our office uses EPIC which is one of the more popular electronic medical systems. EPIC has an interface called Care Everywhere which can help Dr. Belsley communicate with physicians in hospital systems other than Mt. Sinai. Our office can print the authorization forms and then have you sign them in order to request that another organization has access to parts of your chart.

Understand your Pre-Existing Conditions

Blood Pressure Cuff hanging on the wall of doctors office
Surgery entails a degree of risk. While contemplating an operation, please ask your primary care physician how your medical conditions might plan you at risk.

Generally speaking, the more information that you can provide, the better our understanding of your surgical condition can be. Please bring copies of your operative reports and pathology if available.

Often times Dr. Belsley can understand your condition with physical exam, your history and printed reports of studies. There are times, however, when viewing the images of your surgical condition could be helpful. Prior to meeting with Dr. Belsley, please obtain printed reports of your previous radiological studies and if possible, a copy of the electronic study on a CD.