The protocols for new patients are different from those returning for follow-up care, as are the steps for patients who are seen at the Breast Center's different programs.
After checking in at the reception area for the Diagnostic Clinic, new patients are requested to fill out a medical history form. The medical history form can be found below and may be filled before the scheduled appointment. A nurse or aide will take vital signs and measure weight and height before the new patient meets the doctor, with whom she will discuss her problem and review her studies. A clinical coordinator will assist each patient to schedule studies and prescribed treatments. Patients may request doctor's notes and study reports for their own records.
The Multidisciplinary Clinic is offered each Wednesday. All relevant x-ray films and pathology slides need to be delivered to the clinic by Friday of the week before the appointment to allow the radiologist and pathologist time to review the studies and render their opinions. On the day of her appointment, the patient will receive an orientation to inform her about the activities that will take place during her visit. Assigned experts and their residents or fellows will meet with the patient to assess her clinical conditions. The physicians will meet to discuss their findings and treatment options, during which time the patient will have an hour-long break. The patient and a doctor will meet at the conclusion to discuss the team’s recommendations. All studies will be returned to the patient at the end of her visit. Written recommendations will be sent to the patient approximately 10 days after the consultation. The Revlon/UCLA Breast Center clinical coordinator will schedule follow-up appointments for patients who wish to receive their care at UCLA.