Optometric Management Tip # 537   -   Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Ten Tips on Adding an Associate OD: Part 1

I view adding an associate optometrist as one of the best management strategies a practice owner can implement. If done properly, it can greatly increase the practice gross and net income and pave the way for the senior OD to spend less time seeing patients and more time as the practice CEO.

My experience in my own practice and in working with other practice owners shows me that the conventional wisdom prevalent in our profession about hiring associates is not always the best approach. Here are five points to consider as you plan to add a doctor to your practice, and I'll present five more points next week.

I'll continue next week with five more tips that will help you prepare for an associate and successfully make the transition into group practice.

Best wishes for continued success,

Neil B. Gailmard, OD, MBA, FAAO
Chief Optometric Editor, Optometric Management