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Specialists Panel: How Primary Care Providers Can Make Better Referrals

Total Credits: .5 including .5 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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SCOMS - South Carolina
Dr. Ryan Hakimi , DO
21 Minutes
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 First offered at the 2023 SCOMS Winter CME Conference, SCOMS is proud to offer this on-demand CME program as Ryan Hakimi, DO explores ways for providers to better make referrals.  Access to specialists and subspecialists continues worsen with increased demand in the form of an aging population and decreased supply due to physician burnout. Ensuring the proper background history, basic laboratory, diagnostic information, and succinct communication of the clinical question being asked are necessary attributes of every consult request or referral to a specialist. This program will highlight these key elements to allow learners to better understand what the specialist needs in order to provide the most effective consultation to guide subsequent medical decision making.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe how to concisely state the clinical question being asked of the specialist
  2. Illustrate common pre-consultation investigations for a variety of common referrals to specialists

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The S.C. Osteopathic Medical Society (SCOMS) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.

Faculty Disclosure:

Dr. Hakimi discloses that he has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this  presentation.

Grievance Statement:

All grievances may be directed to SCOMS' Executive Director at All grievances will receive an initial response within 30 days of receipt.  If the participant does not receive a satisfactory response, they can submit a complaint to the Bureau of Osteopathic Education of the AOA at 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.


Dr. Ryan Hakimi , DO's Profile

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Dr. Hakimi is a Neurointensivist and Director of the Neuro ICU and TCD Services at Prisma Health-Upstate in Greenville, SC. He also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine (Neurology) at the USC School of Medicine-Greenville. Board Certified in Neurocritical Care, Neurology, Neurosonology (RPNI) and as a Neurovascular Specialist (NVS), Dr. Hakimi was the first fellowship trained DO Neurointensivist and the first DO to be designated Fellow of Neurocritical Care Society. Dr. Hakimi was the first Neurointensivist in the state of Oklahoma and the founding Medical Director of the Oklahoma University Medical Center Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit where he served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He was also on faculty at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. He wrote the post-cardiac arrest hypothermia protocols for Durham County EMS (North Carolina) and later worked with the Oklahoma Office of the Medical Control Board to co-author the state’s post-cardiac arrest treatment protocol which was applied throughout the state. Dr. Hakimi received his medical degree from Michigan State University Osteopathic Medicine and his Master of Science in Radiological Health from the University of Michigan-Rackham Graduate School. He was a United States Department of Energy Applied Health Physics Fellow, completed a Neurology Residency at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine-Beaumont Hospital (Botsford), and completed a two-year Neurocritical Care and Stroke Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Hakimi is the President-Elect of the South Carolina Osteopathic Medical Society.



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