Tips for Holding Effective Practice Meetings

According to a recent article of the same name by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (12/01/09), there are a number of strategies that practices can follow to ensure that meetings are shorter and more productive.  Some of these are:

  • Advanced scheduling of meetings.  This is critical for large groups.
  • Hold meetings on different days.  Meetings should be held on different days or times so no one doctor is regularly inconvenienced or a no-show on account of office, surgery, or call centers.
  • Set the agenda. All group members should be surveyed by the practice manager about a week before the meeting so that an agenda can be set.
  • Appoint a chairperson.  One person–the president or managing partner–should be appointed chair of the meeting.
  • Stick to the agenda.  The agenda must be adhered to unless an emergency crops up.
  • Don’t get bogged done in the details.  The meeting should concentrate on the general view rather than every individual component of the financial statement.
  • The minutes.  Take care to ensure that the minutes of the meeting mirror not only what happened, but also the session’s tone.

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About Arthur De Gennaro

My friends call me Art. Welcome to my blog. In this space you’ll find information and comments on the ophthalmology world, the optical industry, the hearing industry and medical practice management. My intent is to provide information you can use to improve your business and your own performance. Please visit often and feel free to join the discussions by leaving comments.

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