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    Adaptability shapes survival of academic health centers

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD, shares views related to deluge of data, training, practice management

     

    Q At the last editorial advisory board meeting in November, I was impressed to learn that ophthalmologists say they want Ophthalmology Times to provide more information about practice management.

    Ophthalmologists who have just finished their residency often say they don’t feel they know enough about practice management. They feel at a real disadvantage when they go into practice. It can take them a few years to get comfortable with how a practice runs.

    In this day and age of downward pressure on reimbursement, young physicians don’t have several years to learn by making mistakes in managing their practices. They need to do more with less, and do it more efficiently and more cost effectively, and with higher quality and greater safety. Practice management is part of this equation.

     

    Q Wilmer Eye Institute is one of this nation’s greatest and most storied organizations in ophthalmology. Have long have you been chairman?

    Eleven years, but who’s counting? I rush in every morning, because I feel like I have the best job in all of ophthalmology.

     

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