For Docs: How to stand out as a top-tier doctor

Although I’m speaking mostly to my follow Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) here–after all, that’s the discipline with which I’m most familiar–much of this could apply to any type of doctor or other healthcare professional.  And although I haven’t been in practice too long (only about 4.5 years as a doctor and 6 years before that as a neuromuscular massage therapist), I’ve been blessed to encounter gifted individuals and take what they had to say to heart.  Today, I’m attempting to paraphrase them all into a single blog post.  Please bear with me…

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Second- and third-year learning curves…

I meant to do a follow-up last year on the previous posts that discuss what we learned during our first year of practice, but as I recall, we were knee-deep in staffing issues and upcoming travel plans, and unfortunately, this blog took a back seat.  Before I realized it, Years 2 and 3 have slipped by, so I think I’ll take this opportunity to play catch-up, because we learned a few more things that might help someone else, and if they have that potential, they’re worth sharing.

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Credit card conundrum – to accept or not to accept?

A colleague of mine posed the question, “what are some alternative options in regards to processing credit card payments?  Most of my patients pay with credit cards and I’m trying to minimize costs.”

I can absolutely empathize.  In fact, I was asking the same question a little over a year ago.  As a former Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) with a private practice based out of a home studio, my clients didn’t expect me to be set up to accept credit cards and they were happy to pay by cash or check.

And I enjoyed the the simplicity and reduced overhead of not having to deal with Visa or Mastercard.  No contracts, no reports, no percentages, no hidden fees, no terminals, no chargebacks, no nothing.  It was lovely.  But…

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Our experience with Maximized Living – from a student’s perspective

In the last post, I shared a Maximized Living experience from a friend and fellow healthcare practitioner.  (She’s not a DC herself.)  As her story unfolded, she described a franchise with extremist views and outlandish claims.  Apparently, things haven’t changed much…

Here’s our personal story of our own brush with this outfit from years ago:

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How do you get New Patients?

I was crunching numbers tonight, something that has been long-overdue, since we’ve been open over a year already.  I tallied the number of completed visits (i.e. no no-shows or cancellations), and new patients (again, counting only those who have completed at least one appointment).  I found the following FunFacts…

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Unknown waters

[Comes to, stands up, looks around…]

OK.  I think I like it here.  Time will tell.  And I’m at least superficially anonymous (you’ll have to dig a little to find out who I really am), so I think I can talk freely.  After all, I’m a safe distance (in terms of both time and geography) away from my alma mater and my degree and licensing eligibility no longer hang in the imbalance.

I’m a DC.  That stands for Doctor of Chiropractic, which DOES mean that yes, I’m a real doctor.  More often, though our headspace often gets caught somewhere between kneejerk business owner and used car salesman.

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