Whether you’re opening your own practice for the first time or you’re a veteran, there’s always room to improve how you’re doing things to get closer to the goals that you’d like to accomplish. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, turn to these five books for ideas.

1. The Checklist Manifesto

Dr. Atul Gawande

The Checklist Manifesto

Between our unlimited access to education and the thriving world of online content, we have endless knowledge at our fingertips. However, some might argue that we have lost the ability to clearly and effectively share that knowledge with others. For example, have you ever thought about how a checklist can streamline your doctors’ procedures? Maybe you should, suggests Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto. A simple checklist can keep each procedure organized, clear, and straightforward with little room for error or miscommunication. Experts can even benefit from checklists that walk them through a complex procedure. When you follow a checklist, nothing goes unnoticed and no steps are swept under the rug in a high-pressure atmosphere.

2. The eMyth Physician: Why Most Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It ­

Michael Gerber

The E Myth Physician

Michael Gerber’s The eMyth Physician is a collection of ideas and the ultimate guide. It’s full of advice for systemizing a practice. Gerber, a business consultant, offers tips for streamlining systems while teaching the reader how to manage a business with an emphasis on healthy and effective patient relations. By streamlining the business side of things, physicians have the freedom and ability to properly care for their patients with less worry.

3. The Medical Entrepreneur: Pearls, Pitfalls, and Practical Business Advice for Doctors 

Dr. Steven M. Hacker, MD

The Medical Entrepreneur: Pearls, Pitfalls, and Practical Business Advice for Doctors

Dr. Steven Hacker’s book, The Medical Entrepreneur, is one of the most popular business and practice management books for physicians, practice owners, and medical students. It is highly recommended that doctors and entrepreneurs alike buy this book before opening the doors of their practice or joining a medical group. It covers a range of topics, including tips for properly setting up your practice, hiring doctors, and how to develop contracts with insurance companies.

4. Suddenly Solo Enhanced: 12 Steps to Achieving Your Own Totally Independent Health Care Practice

 Dr. Richard A Schoor, MD

Suddenly Solo Enhanced: 12 Steps to Achieving Your Own Totally Independent Health Care Practice

Believe it or not, lay-offs can happen in the medical field, too. While starting your own practice might not have been at the forefront of your mind from the start of your career, that doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself doing it. This guide is packed full of tips on how to recover your career and build your own practice. A concise guide,Suddenly Solo Enhanced equips you with the tools you need to start your practice quickly and cost effectively.

5. The Business Side of Medicine: What Medical Schools Don’t Teach You

Dr. Tom Harbin, MD, MBA

The Business Side of Medicine: What Medical Schools Don't Teach You

So you went through a decade of education, only to find that you’ve never learned what it takes to run a business. Before you start your own practice, you’ll need access to information that will help you understand the business aspects of medicine. Whether you’re a young doctor or well-versed, this book is full of advice for all stages of your career. The Business Side of Medicine will teach you everything that you didn’t learn in medical school that will help you successfully run your practice.




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