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June 1976

The Ophthalmologist's Office: Planning and Practice

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Hartford, Conn

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(6):1055. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910030543026

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From medical school on through residency training, a physician receives no formal education in any aspect of medical economics. Throughout these years of training, there is often a subtle, yet unmistakable, sense of disapprobation when one shows an interest in the financial and practical aspects of medicine. Of course, realistically speaking, these matters are of no lesser importance or concern to a physician than to any other professional. In the past, younger ophthalmologists starting a practice have had to turn, by necessity, to older, more experienced colleagues for advice. What has been lacking was a single source of information on the business aspects of establishing and maintaining a financially sound practice.

This void has now been admirably filled by this recent issue of the International Ophthalmology Clinics. The topics covered include: choosing the type and location of practice; purchasing a practice vs joining a group; establishing professional and community relationships;

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