Ophthalmology Business

NOV 2012

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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in the clinic for half a day four times a month so I do see patients, many of them long-term patients. Many of them are people I have operated on. As you know, long-term patients in ophthalmology are more like friends than they are like patients. I've also reduced my travel activities. The first year out I traveled more than I would have preferred. I feel I am engaged in ophthalmology and yet I feel a tremendous relief in pressure. I did a lot of publishing—a couple of books, book chapters, and journal articles—but I have reduced the things that I have to do and deadlines that I have to meet. I think the single thing that has given me a sense of amusement is that I go to bed at night without setting the alarm. With Bruce's help and the help of my partners, I signed an employment agreement with them that spelled out compensation for my time in the clinic and expenses covered by the practice for malprac- tice insurance, travel associated with the major ophthalmology meetings, and my contribution to the office from my consulting agreements and honoraria, some of which have been continued. All of this has been pretty easy and comfortable for me. Ms. Brown: Another thing that comes to mind in early post-retire- ment activity is the fact that I was sharing an office with Dr. Fine, functioning as his scribe in the clinic as well as practice administrator, and performing as his surgical assistant. We went through a period of know- ing that, as of April 30, 2009, that would no longer be my role. So the last few months we had other scribes come in with Dr. Fine and me when seeing patients, and we found a tech with whom he was comfortable. Now, whenever he works, she is his scribe. He can have the same continuity with someone who's very talented. We don't want to disrupt his life too much, as Bruce pointed out; everything needs to be a win- continued on page 16 You really have to have those outside interests to help you make the transition [into retirement] November 2012 • Ophthalmology Business eZine 15

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