Keeping It Fresh
At the Institute of Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED), we are concerned with the whole person—not just the physician. That’s why our webinars, videos, blogs, meetings, and other resources address a wide range of topics beyond medicine. We believe that the best podiatric practitioners are those that find fulfillment both within their practices and outside of them. Our membership base is very broad, consisting of students and residents right up through experienced and veteran practitioners. Below are some tips culled from the experts—the physicians themselves—on how to avoid falling into a rut and making each day fresh, new, and rewarding for you and your patients.
• Widen Your Circle—if you always associate with colleagues and friends that are at the same age and stage as you there may be a level of comfort but also of stagnation. Younger physicians can benefit from the perspective of more seasoned doctors and veterans can be re-energized by the new ideas and enthusiasm of newbies. Mix it up!
• Commit to Exceeding Your Patients’ Expectations—subscribe to the “go the extra mile” philosophy and take the time to really find out what pleases and displeases your patients. Your relationships with patients will be more fulfilling and, as a bonus, your appointment book will fill up faster when satisfied patients recommend you.
• Leave Each Day with a Clean Desk—it’s easy to start to feel that one day runs into the next and that there’s an endless cycle of emails, medical records and other mundane tasks to complete. Put some markers at the end of your day: empty your inbox, cross off the last item on your daily to-do list, and leave your desk in order. Simple routines delineate the day and help you transition smoothly to post-work activities.
• Set Priorities and Honor Them—no one gets to the end of their life and says they wish they had seen one more patient or spent another hour doing paperwork. Balance for most physicians means placing faith, family, and their practice in that order of importance and then making choices based on that order. Podiatric professionals sharing ideas and experiences is one of the cornerstones of our mission. To learn more about how membership can benefit you and your practice, contact our Executive Director, Ruth Ann Donahue by calling: 978-296-7634.
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