As the patient's advocate, when the family physician's patients require surgical care not provided by the family physician, the family physician will exercise his/her best professional judgment in recommending the most appropriate consultant.
The "Program Requirements for Residency Education in Family Practice" mandate that all family medicine residents must receive training in pre- and postoperative care, basic surgical principles, asepsis, handling of tissue and technical skills to assist the surgeon in the operating room. Based on their education, training, and/or experience, family physicians are well qualified to assist at surgery. In addition to providing skilled technical assistance, a family physician assisting at surgery will:
As a member of the medical staff and the patient's attending physician, the exercise of a family physician's privilege to assist at surgery shall not be superseded by a surgical residency program's rules or regulations regarding surgical assistance.
When hospital rules require surgical assistance on cases, non-physician surgical assisting should be acceptable only in individual cases where appropriate family physician or other physician assistance is unavailable. (1988) (2018 COD)