Practice Prognosis

Fact or Fiction: Do Doctor Dramas Accurately Portray Real Life in the ER?

Fact or Fiction: Do Doctor Dramas Accurately Portray Real Life in the ER?

In the pilot episode of Scrubs, JD gets his first emergency call after a patient’s heart fails. He frantically runs toward the patient’s room, but panics and instead hides inside a closet where he finds Elliot, who is also hiding from the adrenaline-fueled moment of saving someone’s life. Meanwhile, the scene cuts to Turk, who is already at the patient’s bedside, furiously rubbing the defibrillator’s pads together before shocking him back to life. Stop right there. Did you catch the inaccuracy?

Waiting Rooms of the Best Medical Practices

Waiting Rooms of the Best Medical Practices

Along with waiting at the DMV and sitting in traffic, time spent in a doctor’s waiting room is ranked among life’s top inconveniences. No one enjoys sitting in an enclosed area full of sick people, idling his or her time with year-old magazines in a lackluster room while waiting to see the doctor. Even with appointments, wait times can be lengthy due to the fact that most offices overbook to compensate for frequent cancellations, but nothing is worse than waiting in a cluttered, unorganized, or boring space. So just how can you transform your waiting room from a drab limbo into a welcoming lounge area where patients feel comfortable spending their time?

How Gender Indirectly Influences Prescribing Habits

Dr. Pink and Dr. Blue: How Gender Indirectly Influences Prescribing Habits

Participants were emailed an invitation to a cross-sectional online survey. The survey consisted of a screening question followed by a series of self-evaluations. Question response types were either “yes/no” or “level-of-agreement.” There was also an open-field text box for each group of question where participants could type in an answer.

Virtual Doctors

Will Virtual Doctors Become More Commonplace Than Face-to-Face Doctor Visits?

We are living in a world of convenience. Fast-food restaurants are around every corner, television shows can be streamed instantly, and the answer to almost any question is just a Google search away. Medicine is also becoming more convenient through health-centric smartphone apps and EMRs, but the real convenience lies with virtual doctors. For many practices, no longer will patients have to get out of bed and travel to their doctor’s office when they are feeling sick. A virtual doctor is just a mouse click away.

Three Future Medical Technologies

Three Future Medical Technologies That May Become a Reality Sooner Than You Think

The human race is relatively young. The universe is estimated to be approximately 13.8 billion years old, but Homo sapiens have only been in existence for the last 200,000 years. To put that into perspective, humans are less than 0.002% the age of the universe, or rather, a blip in time. And although our species may be in its infancy, humans have already greatly advanced technologically in the short time that we have walked the earth. Once we developed a written language, we were able to begin efficiently passing on our knowledge extra-genetically from one generation to the next. It is the coalescence of this knowledge that made man into the distinguished being that he is today.

Managing Office Staff

Managing Office Staff

There is no “best way” to manage your staff. Effective managers have varying styles. What’s important is the ability to inspire confidence and the respect of your staff. A good manager leads by setting a good example. Being reasonable and fair all of the time, and being right most of the time, creates the trust you need. Here are some tips that can significantly improve staff and practice management.

How to Choose an Attorney

How to Choose an Attorney

Having an attorney you can work with is essential for physicians today. Its not easy to choose an attorney. With the complexity of law and the specialty and subspecialty areas for attorneys, it can be an intimidating task to search for a good lawyer. Sometimes a general practice attorney wont be sufficient. We need a real estate attorney to buy or sell a home or business, a business attorney to help hire a new partner, a tax attorney for tax matters, etc. Just like needing a neurological surgeon to perform brain surgery rather than a hematologist, you will need different types of lawyers to service different aspects of the law.

Feng Shui Your Office

Color Your Office — The Feng Shui Way!

Thinking about redecorating your office? Is it in need of a paint job? Or perhaps you want to give your workspace a quick facelift? Why not consider using principles of feng shui to create a relaxing environment that can make your patients feel welcome and at home in your office.

Who’s Watching Your Wallet

Who’s Watching Your Wallet? Part II

Has a trusted employee ever stolen from you, or perhaps you know of a colleague to whom this has happened? Discovering a theft can be especially troublesome; more times than not its someone youve come to rely on and trust emphatically. Doctors are particularly susceptible because embezzlers exploit the very traits that make effective doctors: compassion, humanitarianism, and a desire to help.

Physician Assistants Can Fill the Gap

Physician Assistants Can Fill the Gap

If you’re looking to recruit physicians to grow your practice, it may turn out to be a daunting challenge.

That’s because the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that between now and 2015, the shortage of doctors across all specialties will quadruple. Previous estimates showed a baseline shortage of 39,600 doctors in 2015, but AAMC’s current estimates are closer to 63,000, with a worsening of shortages through 2025.

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