Preparing for Your Appointment
In order to enable your physician to properly evaluate your condition please bring the following items to your appointment:
- All diagnostic studies (CT, MRI, echocardiograms) pertaining to your current medical problem. Medical reports of X-rays are not sufficient, you must bring the actual radiological films with you to be reviewed. Do not send films prior to your appointment unless asked to do so.
- Pathology reports and pathology slides. Because of the rarity of sarcomas, at UCLA we review the pathology of almost all cases.
- Prior medical records and consultations from other physicians who have investigated your medical problem.
- A complete list of the names and dosage of all the medications that you take.
- If you have been hospitalized for your current problem, please bring a copy of the discharge report.
- Your insurance card(s) and claim form(s), if applicable, as well as your driver's license or ID card.
- Letter of authorization (required by all HMOs). You must consult your primary care provider to get an authorization number. If you do not bring your authorization letter, you will be required to pay your consultation fee at the time of your visit. Please understand that as a patient, you are ultimately responsible for financial matters related to the medical services provided to you.
Length of Your Visit
Please allow 1-2 hours for your appointment. However, no two patient visits are exactly the same and your physician will spend as much time as needed to ensure appropriate assessment and understanding of your care. Please prepare for possible delays with the assurance that you, too will have the time you need with the doctor.
As our patient, you receive the finest in consultation assistance by UCLA faculty. Fellows and residents, nurses, and technicians may assist your doctor during your visit. These individuals have special training and skills that make them an important part of our patient care team.
A Checklist for Your Visit
- The following list will help you remember items and information to bring with you when you:
- Medical records (consultations, operative reports, reports of scans)
- CDs with your imaging
- Pathology: reports and slides ( Names, addresses and telephone numbers of the doctor who referred you and any treating physicians)
- UCLA registration card or UCLA registration number __________________
- Insurance card and driver's license (or ID card)
If applicable, please bring the following:
- Letter of authorization from your insurance carrier
- Completed patient questionnaires