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Whats something you need to know before starting your own medical practice?

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angie’s Answer

Hello, Daniela,

Great question: From my experience, the first thing you need to know is that you are going to be wearing many different hats -- meaning you will not only be the doctor but the office staff, the banker, the mailroom clerk, the secretary, the hiring and firing head, the scheduler --- at least all of these until you get your business up and running. Oh, and you will be the decorator and ordering person of all furniture and objects needed in your office.

Be sure to treat yourself with love and give yourself time - you can do this.

It's a lot, but it's worth it! See if you can get some family members to help be some of these things while you see patients....seriously, ask for help. You don't have to do anything alone!!

Good luck. ~ Angie

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Estelle’s Answer

Often doctors start practice by joining a group so that the business side is taken care of for them. Computer systems, billing, staffing, and facilities are usually up and running. Once you get some experience, you can move on to open up your own practice with valuable experience in hand.