As the last strains of “Auld Lang Syne” fade away, it’s traditional to make a few resolutions for the upcoming year. This is important for both you personally and your practice. At the Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) we have the distinct advantage of culling information from a diverse membership that encompasses those who are still in school all the way to veteran physicians who have been practicing for decades.
Below are some wise suggestions for starting the New Year right:
- Always be a teacher…and a student. We all have a responsibility to train students, nurses, healthcare professionals and all those who are part of the field of podiatry. Resolve to share a new skill, communication technique or treatment method with your staff each week. Of course this means you will have to keep learning as well. Never have there been more opportunities: webinars, DVDs, seminars and podcasts put endless knowledge at your fingertips.
- Befriend people younger and older than yourself. You can benefit from the wisdom and experience of your elders and capture the spark of enthusiasm and fresh perspectives from younger colleagues and friends. Part of our mission at IPED is capitalizing on the synergy that comes from bringing such a wealth of experiences and energies together to share ideas and solve problems.
- Give back. Share what you know with others. There are many ways to do this from writing an article in a professional journal to offering to give a talk at a local senior center. Encourage your staff to volunteer by giving them an hour off a week for that purpose and then have quarterly meetings for everyone to talk about their experiences.
- Make sure your staff is number 1 when planning the priorities of your practice. Although it’s often said that “the customer is number 1,” without a satisfied and productive staff you can’t serve your patients well. Include your staff in policy decisions and seek their input on office practices. Reward them for a job well done and never miss an opportunity to compliment them.
- Improve your practice and your personal life by joining IPED. If you’re not already a member, find out what you’re missing by contacting our Executive Director Ruth Ann Donahue at: 978-296-7634.