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Article
May 1983

Private Practice—Surviving the First Year

Author Affiliations

Englewood, Colo

 

by Jack D. McCue, 285 pp, 52 illus, $15.95, Lexington, Mass, Collamore Press, 1982.

Arch Surg. 1983;118(5):664. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390050128027

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Abstract

This book is long needed and a first. Its purpose is to "make the first job decision as good as possible, as well as give the management information to get through the first year." McCue synthesizes practice information generally obtained only from diverse throwaway journals and practice management consultants. He incorporates this information with the insights of a physician.

The three sections of this book cover (1) finding and evaluating a practice, (2) information for the new solo practitioner, and (3) information for all practitioners. In the first section, the author discusses such diverse topics as geography, climate, migration data, and physician-patient ratios. Solo, group, rural, urban, health maintenance organization, Public Health Service, military, and part-time practices are considered.

Part 2, though aimed at the solo practitioner, deals with principles pertinent to all private practitioners. Organizing and financing an office includes considerations of location, type of building, renting v owning,

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