A Career in Healthcare Management – A Day in the Life of a Practice Administrator

Your day may not be anything like what I've described below, but the point of the post is to suggest that most administrators put out fires all day long and juggle meetings, email, and employee and physician issues and have very little time for planning and thinking. Depending on how long you've been with your current group, how well trained your staff are, and how many supervisors you have working with you, you might have a much easier day than described below, or a much harder one!

7:00 – 8:00 am

An employee calls you at home before 7 am to say they will not be in. You check the schedule to see how staff can be re-arranged to cover all needs.

8:00 – 9:00 am

As you arrive, two employees have been waiting for you and have things to discuss with you – one wishes to reschedule her vacation … Read More

Do You Have Sufficient Auto Insurance Coverage?

Imagine getting ready to leave your house and you open your door and the rain is pouring down. Now you start to frantically look for your umbrella…. ah, there it is! You step outside, open your umbrella, and you are now protected from that pouring rain. If it were a bright sunny day with no rain in sight you probably would not even care about where your umbrella is or if you even had one! The same is true about insurance. Until you need it, do you really care about it? Unfortunately, too many people realize that they have insufficient coverage only when an unexpected incident occurs and they have to place a claim with their insurance company.

So, a logical starting point to determine if you have proper insurance coverage is to understand the basics. To ensure that you do have the proper coverage, you first need to acquire … Read More

Organic Mattress Facts – How to Know If It Is Truly Non-Toxic

When buying a mattress, it's vital to choose one that is made only with non-toxic materials. You may assume that if it's an organic mattress it must also be non-toxic, but that's not always the case.

First, why is it so important to buy an organic mattress? A typical mattress is made with polyurethane foam as the filling material. Polyurethane foam is made from petroleum with added toxic chemicals. Possible health effects can include cardiac arrhythmias, breathlessness, chest discomfort, irritation of mucous membranes, coughing, asthma-like reactions, blurred vision, headaches, dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. Memory foam can even be worse since it contains even more potentially harmful chemicals.

An organic mattress contains natural materials as the filling – usually organic cotton. Or you may find a natural latex or wool mattress. These are all great natural materials, but there are some factors to consider when looking for an organic mattress that … Read More

How to Study for and Pass the Internal Medicine Boards

As the ABIM internal medicine certification exam approached, we received a large number of emails from our subscribers asking for suggestions on the best way to study for the boards. The truth is there is no one path to success though there are certainly ways to increase your likelihood of passing. Regardless of whether you are preparing for board certification or trying to achieve maintenance of certification (MOC), the best tried and true overall method is to “study early and study often.” Below we lay out possible strategies and tactics (in no particular order) for passing the ABIM board exam:

1. Know the basics of the internal medicine board exam

This is obvious but a lot of people simply don’t review this prior to starting their exam preparation and instead rely on their ABIM study source of choice to provide the information.

  • Review the ABIM exam blueprint and understand the
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9 Simple Resume Dos and Don’ts

‘Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign’ – Lyrics from ‘Signs’ by Five Man Electrical Band

Do you only see STOP signs after submitting your resume? Often I hear candidates complain that they have all the skills necessary to fill the position but after submitting their resume no one calls them in for an interview. It could be that you are not providing the correct information or that the resume is too difficult to read due to too much information, formatting, spelling and or grammatical errors. Below are nine Do’s & Don’ts to guide you towards writing the resume that commands respect and attention.

Do use plenty of Keywords in your summary and throughout your resume.

Don’t make your contact information in a font less than 12 point. You don’t want the recruiter straining their eyes trying to find out how they can contact you.

Do use … Read More