Ophthalmology Business

DEC 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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them. Additionally, the Arbissers still had to pay an equal share of overhead as other doctors. After some discussion, they approached Paul Arnold, M.D., and Priscilla Arnold, M.D., about job sharing. The Arnolds were quickly on board. Although it may be an unusual arrangement, the Arbissers and the Arnolds alternate the months they work at the practice, with each couple working in 4- to 5-week blocks. This arrangement makes use of otherwise unused capacity at the practice. It also requires a fine-tuned schedule. "The administrative staff members work out the [scheduling] choreography," Dr. Amir Arbisser said. "You need to have a rhythm." The months that they are working, Dr. Arbisser said he and his wife will work more intensely than they had before. When scheduling surgeries on two eyes, they will schedule them a week or two apart when possible instead of a few weeks apart. However, if there are any post-op medical issues or emergencies usually treated by the ophthalmologists who are off, then the other couple will handle it. "Most patients understand that this helps with our longevity," Dr. Arbisser said. The job sharing done by the Arbissers and the Arnolds may have not been possible 30 years ago, Dr. Arbisser observed. However, with physician shortages and a greater general interest in work/life balance, he believes now is the time to take advantage of arrangements like this. "It's very evident that there will be a shortage of doctors, so the ability to retain doctors as an ongoing resource and keep their career fresh is an important alternative," he said. OB Editors' note: The physicians have no financial interests related to this article. Contact information Arbisser: aarbisser@usa.net Barber: 800-678-7858, mbarber@cejkasearch.com Guibord: 570-271-6531, nguibord1@geisinger.edu Pinto: 619-223-2233, pintoinc@aol.com Follow us on Twitter! @EWNews All new followers will be entered into a drawing for a $50 i0unes gift card. Winner to be notified by jWjMjÁ 19, 2012 ASCRS USA PACIFIC RIM CHINA INDIA KOREA

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