Writing effective consultation letters: 12 tips for teachers

Med Teach. 2002 Nov;24(6):585-9. doi: 10.1080/0142159021000063880.


Written correspondence is the standard mode of communication between healthcare providers. Despite the importance of this skill and increased emphasis on ambulatory care, communication skills and professionalism in training programs, there has been very little written on the teaching and evaluation of consultation letter writing. Consultation letter writing is an essential skill that cannot be learned simply by reading others' letters and should be taught in a formal manner. This article describes the authors' experience in teaching the skill of writing effective consultation letters to residents and describes strategies for evaluating this skill.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Correspondence as Topic*
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Faculty, Medical
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Professional Competence
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • Teaching
  • Writing