Good morning, and I hope everyone's weekend went well. I spent
the weekend in bed as it rained and I fought off the flu; at least
I was able catch up on some movies I had wanted to see. I was also
sad to see the Rays leave the post season, losing to the Texas
Rangers. It was a disappointing end to an exciting season. The
Tampa Bay Bucs and Florida State Seminoles also blew it this
weekend, all adding to my already dismal weekend.
Today is a new a day, and it's Monday, which means more
simulated patients and having to leave my weekend at the door, and
put on my happy pants. When we walk in with a patient, we have to
portray hope and confidence. The more a doctor can ensure
confidence that their patient will get better, the better the
patient feels, and the better their prognosis.
This past week the NUHS-Florida chapter of the Student American
Chiropractic Association (SACA) heard Dr. Mark Wieland, Florida
Chiropractic Association (FCA) president, speak on the topic of
business and business planning. Dr. Wieland is a 1985 National
graduate, and is one of the newest editions to the Florida clinical
sciences staff. I have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Wieland on
a weekly basis, as he is teaching the seventh trimester Business
Dr. Mark Wieland speaking to SACA members at
His presentation given to SACA members revolved around time
management and the success of business. Being able to manage time
in the clinic and eventually in your own practice is a skill in and
of itself. I am already starting to find this out with my sessions
with simulated patients. Efficiency in all aspects of patient
interaction is key to providing quality care in an allotted time.
Dr. Wieland brings this point up quite a bit. Patients are
accustomed to waiting when they visit their MD, but do not expect
(and shouldn't have to) to wait when they visit their
So what's the magic bullet for patient efficiency? Practice!
Everything from watching the patient rise from the reception room
chair, to observing how they walk back to the exam room can provide
you with an abundant amount of information on which to focus the
rest of their visit. Once in the exam room, be prepared. It's
important to have a game plan before even greeting the
patient. If it is a first patient encounter, have a constant
routine in taking a history; this will not only conserve time, but
also give you a sense of confidence over repetition. The same
follows for a physical exam. These skills will be unique to each
doctor, and will only be honed over repetition and trial and
Hopefully, this week's post gets some people thinking about the
bigger picture a bit. It's so easy to get sucked into the class and
grades aspect of our education that we sometimes forget that we are
here learning how to treat patients, not fill out scantron sheets.
Study hard, be prepared for each day, and remember that we are
learning how to help people. Have a great week.