More advice on how to be progressive in private practice
In my previous article, I shared eight tips on how to be progressive in private practice.
As mentioned in this article, most specialists acquire their skills while in government service before venturing into private practice.
Once they go private, they tend to stay in their comfort zone with the skills they have already learned.
The reasons may be a feeling of complacency, or perhaps a fear of complications from new techniques or technologies.
However, with the rapid pace of technological advancement these days, if we don’t progress, we will regress.
Here are my last eight tips on how to be progressive in private practice.
9. Try to do things differently
We live in a very competitive world and a lot of us do the same.
You should try to do things differently so that your patients have a better experience and refer others to you.
One of the things I have done to stand out from the crowd is edit my patients’ surgical videos and show them to them in 3D.
The other was to create DVDs for my pregnant patients, containing all of their ultrasound images and videos, and even a video recording of their cesarean section.
It was a very laborious task that I did for many years, but have since abandoned.
10. Set aside time every day to improve yourself
I am a lark; I get up early in the morning to be in my clinic at 6:30 am.
The period between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. is my time for study and introspection.
It is during this period that I am most productive because my concentration is at its peak.
In his book titled In-depth work, Associate Professor of Computer Science Cal Newport suggests that in this distracting world, you have to set aside time to do constructive work.
By doing this regularly, you can maximize your productivity at work.
11. Learn to type
I spend most of my time typing on a computer.
It took me a while to realize that I could save so much time if I could type with all my fingers, without looking at the keyboard.
I learned how to do it on my own, and now I save a lot of time while still being able to type efficiently.
As the saying goes, the best way to learn is to teach.
I have taught throughout my career.
At first, I taught medical students; now i have laparoscopic surgery and infertility fellows.
I have also become the mentor of many specialists who come either to my operating room to observe me and assist me in my surgeries, or with whom I operate in their own medical centers and pass on the skills that I have.
13. Give lectures
Preparing for a conference is a great way to learn.
Some of my greatest learning experiences were when I was asked to speak about a topic that I had never spoken about before.
A good speech will require careful research and consolidation of the facts.
In addition, one also learns presentation skills.
14. Record webinars
The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked an explosion of webinars.
I record all the webinars I watch. I will review the vouchers and write down what I learned.
These recordings will also help me in preparing for similar interviews in the future.
I file all these recordings on my clinic’s server so that I can easily retrieve them if needed.
Although I wrote a book, as well as several chapters in other gynecologist books, one of my biggest regrets until 2019 was never to have published an article in peer-reviewed journals. .
My excuse was that I was busy in private practice.
Most private practitioners don’t publish research papers because the publication doesn’t bring in more patients, which is the source of our income.
However, at the end of 2019, I decided to change this attitude.
I had been in private practice for 25 years and it was time to publish some articles.
I employed a medical graduate to help me organize my data, and we managed to write and publish four journal articles.
Now I want to post more.
16. Serve in professional organizations
Over the years, I have served in various professional organizations.
The first was the Malaysian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
I started as an assistant secretary, then rose through the ranks to become its president in 2019.
I am now chair of its endoscopic subcommittee.
I am also a board member and past president of the Asia-Pacific Association of Gynecologic Endoscopy, a past board member of the International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy and a current board member of the Group of Gynecological Endoscopy. Asia-Pacific Gynecological Endoscopy.
Being part of these professional organizations has allowed me to learn a lot about leadership skills.
I am in constant contact with the best in the field of gynecological endoscopy and this has helped me to improve constantly.
Thanks to these associations, I can also realize my passion of teaching endoscopy to young gynecologists.
I urge all private practitioners to get involved in professional bodies to keep abreast of their specialty.
The common thought is that self-improvement is the domain of those in universities or public hospitals, and that the duty of a private practitioner is only to provide services.
I do not agree.
In his book titled The anatomy of success, the late gynecologic endoscopic surgeon, Dr Rakesh Sinha, said that there are two types of people in the world: learners and non-learners.
The best doctors are the ones who want to constantly improve, that is, the learners.
In doing so, they offer the best treatment to their patients.
Dr S. Selva is a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist and fertility specialist in private practice in Melaka. This is the 15th and final article in a weekly series on the survival of private practice in Malaysia. For more information, send an email to [email protected] The information provided is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. The star makes no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to the content appearing in this column. The star declines all responsibility for loss, material damage or bodily injury suffered directly or indirectly as a result of the reliance on this information.