Multidisciplinary team meetings
Tim Rattay and Hisham M Mehanna recommend them as valuable learning opportunities on clinical placements
- By: Tim Rattay, Hisham M Mehanna
It's 8 15 am on Monday morning. You're sitting at the back of a darkened room, a plastic cup of lukewarm hospital coffee in your hands. A group of consultants crowd around a set of x ray films on the light box. The multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting may not be the highlight of your week, but it plays an important part in the treatment of patients.
During your time as a medical student, particularly in the later clinical years, you will likely be invited to these meetings. Teamwork has become a buzzword in many areas of clinical medicine. MDT meetings bring together experts in different specialties to discuss the management of patients with a given condition or disease. The outcome of this discussion is usually a consensus that carries with it the combined experience of all individuals present.1
In the United Kingdom the 1995 Calman-Hine report recommended the establishment of