Ophthalmology Business

DEC 2015

Ophthalmology Business is focused on business topics relevant to the entrepreneurial ophthalmologist. It offers editorial, opinion, and practical tips for physicians running an ophthalmic practice. It is a companion publication of EyeWorld.

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December 2015 • Ophthalmology Business 3 www.OphthalmologyBusiness.org Vol. 6, No. 4 TM December 2015 Donald R. Long Publisher don@eyeworld.org Stacy Jablonski Editor stacy@eyeworld.org Julio Guerrero Graphic design julio@eyeworld.org Susan Steury Graphic design assistant susan@eyeworld.org Carly Peterson Production assistant carly@eyeworld.org Paul Zelin Sales paul@eyeworld.org ASCRS Publisher: OphthalmOlOgy Business is published quarterly by ASCRS Ophthalmic Services Corp., 4000 Legato Road, Suite 700, Fairfax, VA 22033-4055; telephone 703-591- 2220; fax 703-273-2963. Printed in the U.S. Editorial Offices: OphthalmOlOgy Business, 4000 Legato Road, Suite 700, Fairfax, VA 22033-4055; 703-591-2220; fax 703-273-2963; email: stacy@eyeworld.org. Advertising Offices: ASCRSMedia, 4000 Legato Road, Suite 700, Fairfax, VA 22033-4055; toll-free 800-451-1339, 703-591-2220; fax 703-273-2963; email: cathy@eyeworld.org Copyright 2015, ASCRS Ophthalmic Services Corp., 4000 Legato Road, Suite 700, Fairfax, VA 22033- 4055. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Letters to the editor and other unsolicited material are assumed intended for publication and are subject to editorial review and acceptance. From the publisher A s the New Year approaches, you may be thinking about ways to improve your personal health: exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables—and invest in a quality chair. According to a study in Occupational Medicine, ophthalmologists and optometrists are more prone to neck and upper back pain compared with family medicine physicians. In a study on the same topic published in International Ophthalmolo- gy, the study authors stated: "Repetitive tasks, awkward or prolonged working postures, and a high cognitive load are risk factors for occupa- tional musculoskeletal disorders. Ophthalmologists may be vulnerable given that they are exposed to a combination of these factors." In addition to investing in a quality chair, you may want to rethink your slit lamp or microscope position and even speak with a physician ther- apist. Read more in, "Ouch! Ophthalmologists more prone to neck and back pain: 8 ways to work more ergonomically friendly." If you've been thinking about adding a young physician to your practice in 2016, you will want to read "Pearls for hiring the Millennial physician." "When you hire a Millennial, you cannot use old hiring techniques," according to Elizabeth Yeu, MD. She offers valuable tips, including discussing the amount of time expected in both the OR and the clinic, as well as other responsibilities and expected volume of patients. Dr. Yeu also suggested considering work-sharing or part-time opportunities when hiring a Millennial physician. If you missed "Make your next retreat your best retreat, Part 1," in the September issue, you will want to check that out before read- ing Part 2 in this issue. In Part 1, we discussed ways to appropriately use four precious resources—time, money, human capital, and op- portunity—for a successful retreat. In Part 2, we cover how to plan a goal-oriented event with a four-dimensional approach: Define, Decide, Delegate, and Develop. You will also get ideas for activities appropriate for different kinds of retreats. The entire staff of Ophthalmology Business wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to bringing you more useful articles to help you and your practice in 2016. Don Long Publisher

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