Archive for the ‘Realities of Optometric Practice’ Category

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What is the least amount of insurance I can get by with?

November 26, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

That is question we ask ourselves whenever we consider insurance of any kind. On a recent family vacation I found myself wrestling with exactly that. Read the rest of this entry ?

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The pathway to merging an associate with a solo doctor

October 28, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

All optometry practices are for sale with the right equation. Many job-seeking optometrists look to the classified ads such as those found on Optometry’s Career Center®. Students graduate from optometry school seeking the practice of their dreams only to find there are no practices hiring or for sale in the area they want to practice. Contrary to the classified ad, many optometry practices are looking to hire an associate but just don’t know it yet. Read the rest of this entry ?

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What to do when you’re under cyber attack

September 24, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

As a partner in a multi-doctor office, it is never fun when one of the doctors is on vacation. It was Sunday evening the week prior to my partner’s vacation. He was on a road trip with his family. You know the joy of the initial weekend travel where all things look positive as there is a whole week ahead of relaxing and enjoying the benefits of hard work. For my partner, the road to their destination made one stop he wishes could have ended a little different. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Retaining patients after a practice sale

August 27, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

The Philadelphia Eagles will have a new team this year under the leadership of coach Chip Kelly. Coach Kelly is known for running an offense in college that created high scores and many wins. It appears Coach Kelly will be implementing a similar model in professional football with hopes of having the success he had coaching in college. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Malpractice insurance: Don’t be caught without full-scope coverage

August 12, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

It’s Friday at 11 a.m. and our office receives a call from a new patient who was trimming weeds for his employer. The patient explains he hit some gravel with the weed trimmer and a rock shot up and hit him in the eye. He cannot open the eye and would like to come in right away. Our astute receptionist tells him to come in right away and we will take care of him. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Is your career ruining your family?

July 16, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

It was 7 p.m. on Monday, and I had just finished writing six letters after a full day of seeing patients. The four optical coherence tomography (OCT) interpretation and reviews were also complete, and a couple of lights were left to turn off. I closed the back door with thoughts of another day gone by and nobody went blind. I smiled, locked the door and headed home. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Dirty diapers

May 9, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

Think about the last dirty diaper you had to change. For some of you that first sentence was enough to make you stop reading this article. Someday you’ll understand and want to keep reading. For others, you continue to read because you know that behind a dirty diaper there is a child that depends on you 100 percent to provide them with the love, care and nourishment to keep them from feeling alone, frightened, or hungry. For that child you are everything to them, and if you don’t change the diaper, who will? You change diapers because you care. Read the rest of this entry ?

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I’m not comfortable in first class

April 12, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

It’s 4:55 a.m., and I am sitting in the new international terminal at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas getting ready to board a flight to Denver. Flying is a once-a-month event for me, so an airport terminal is not an unfamiliar place. What I find strikingly different about this particular leg of the trip is the seat assignment I have been given. Like many of you, the “luxuries of life” are not that attractive. You drive an older vehicle and have a house that is nice, sufficient but simple. So when I checked in on my phone last night and added my boarding pass to Passbook (very cool app), I was taken aback with my seat assignment. Due to rebooking and canceled flights from a whiteout blizzard in Wichita, I was moved to first class. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Optical to medical: The great evolution of practice

March 19, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

Breaking up is hard to do. Whether you are ending a relationship or firing an employee, the breakup is always very difficult. Read the rest of this entry ?

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‘I went to my PCP for my red eye’

February 19, 2013

By Chad Fleming, O.D., AOAExcel Business and Career coach

A recent Time magazine article highlighted the phenomenal gross domestic product (GDP) growth occurring in Africa. To experience the birth of technology in a third-world country carries a sense of nostalgia. My recent experience in Ethiopia was like a flashback to the day I thought Zack on “Saved by the Bell” was so cool because he carried around a cell phone. Admit it: you thought he was pretty cool. Read the rest of this entry ?