At Veerspace, we’ve come in contact with a LOT of different doctors. Many of them have one thing in common: they’re so busy taking care of others that they don’t have time to take care of themselves.
As our last blog entry for February, we’ve decided to help Doctors learn to show themselves as much love as they show their patients.
Though it may be the last thing you think about as a doctor, self-care is still vitally important. If you want to be the best boss for your staff and the best practitioner for your patients you first have to be kind to yourself. That might mean delegating some responsibility, taking a few minutes a day for a mini “vacation” or even taking some time off for a real vacation. No matter how you do it, you have to take some time for yourself.
Here we present three tips that doctors can use to delegate some responsibility and show themselves a bit of love for a change.
- Teach your Assistants to Review Patient Histories
We know reviewing patient histories can take up an incredible amount of time. That’s often time that could be better spent in surgery, performing follow-ups or performing a consultation. The good news is, this is one of the easiest jobs to delegate. As essential as reviewing patient medical history is, it’s not necessary that you look over every aspect of it yourself. If you can teach your assistant or nurse practitioner to examine accounts and take notes for you, that saves you considerable time. Giving you more time with your patients and, better yet, more time for yourself.
- Consider Hiring a Consultant
We know patients like it when a doctor takes the time to perform their consultation in person. We also know that, as a doctor, you want to provide each patient with the most personalized experience possible. However, we also know that, especially in a large practice, that’s not always in your or your patients best interest. Running between surgery and consultation all day can give even the most compassionate surgeon a stress headache. And we know that stress can lead to burn out. That’s why it might be a good idea to hire a professional medical consultant. These consultants are experts on the procedures performed at your clinic and can give personalized recommendations based on the patient’s needs, goals, and history. Often, these consultants are also trained in sales. That means that they could possibly increase the number of services you sell each quarter while decreasing your workload at the same time. It’s a win for you and a win for your patients.
- Take a Look at How Many Patients can Reasonably Handle.
We know you want your patient panel to be as full as possible. We want that for you too! But, when looking at your patient panel, you sometimes have to think about more than your bottom line. You also have to think about your workload, staff numbers, and the amount of stress you can take before you break. If you take on more patients than you can handle, you’re not doing yourself, your staff or your patients any favors. Now, at the beginning of the year, it’s a good idea to take a look at your current patient lists and decide how many more (if any) you want to take on. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t take on any more patients at the moment. The patients you have will be grateful for the attention you can devote to them. Your mental state will probably thank you too!
When you’re busy taking care of your patients and staff, it’s important to take care of yourself too. By delegating some responsibility and taking more time for yourself, you’ll be better able to care for your patients and create a thriving practice.