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Preparing for Your Appointment

If this is your first time visiting a Johns Hopkins doctor, our staff will ask you to provide us with information about:

  • Your general health
  • Your previous diagnosis and treatments
  • Your health insurance card and/or information

What to Bring

  1. Your referral: If your insurance company requires you to obtain a referral from your gynecologist or primary care physician before seeing a specialist doctor, please bring it with you.
  2. A completed patient history form: All patients should complete a patient history form prior to their first visit. This form is available in English and Spanish.
  3. Your health insurance card
  4. Your medical chart or records from your referring doctor: This should include any tests you may have had done, including bloodwork, surgical reports or biopsy reports from other hospitals. Sometimes your doctor will forward this information directly to our office. Please give us a call a few days before your appointment to make sure we have received your charts/records. 
  5. Any X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, MRIs, PET scans or other studies related to your condition: Please bring the actual films so our doctors can look at real images, as well as a report summarizing the images.
  6. If you have undergone surgery or a biopsy at another hospital or center: Please bring your pathology reports and request that your pathology slides be sent to Johns Hopkins for review by our gynecologic pathologists. Please request these materials from your physician and have the pathology slides sent to:

    Gynecologic Pathology Consultation Service
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
    1620 McElderry St.
    Reed Hall, Rm. 315
    Baltimore, MD 21205
  7. Any medication you are currently taking: Our staff prefers that you bring the actual medication bottles, but if this is not possible, you can also bring a written list. Be sure to include the medication name, including the generic substitution, the number of milligrams and how many times a day you are directed to take the medicine. Also, include any directions, such as “take with food.” 
  8. A list of important contacts, including emergency names and phone numbers our staff members can call if necessary.
  9. Any questions you may have about your medical care, including your diagnosis and treatment.
  10. A notebook and pen so you can write down important information: All of our patients receive important health information during their visits, and you may want to keep everything in one place.
  11. Something to read and a filling snack, in case your appointment lasts longer than you expected.

We want to make sure all of your information is entered correctly into our files. Remembering to bring the items listed above will help ensure your appointment runs smoothly.