Fifty Shades of Red: Calling a GI Consult for Rectal Bleeding

When calling Gastroenterology (GI) for a consult for bleeding, there are many descriptors you should provide to help determine the location of a bleed and the urgency in which a bleed needs management. The first and most important descriptor is color. Describing the color of the stool accurately, helps the GI team to determine the... Continue Reading →

Let’s get personal: Digital rectal exams

Residents, let’s get serious for a minute. How often are you performing digital rectal exams (DRE)  for patients that have an indication? An informal poll of the audience revealed that even some gastroenterologists, let alone medical residents, were skipping the rectal exam despite having patients with lower gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. I know that during a... Continue Reading →

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