Sim Hoffman has been working as a Medical Director at various medical groups around Los Angeles for nearly twenty years. The field of medical management is growing, with an increased need for medical management in hospitals, managed care organizations, long-term care facilities, and other organizations. These types of positions require more than attendance at a medical school, they require specific training to be successful. Here are the steps you need to take to enter into the field of medical management.
1.You need to become a board-certified physician in order to be able to gain the respect of the physicians you manage.
2.Gain the practical knowledge, you need to become a clinician by practicing medicine for three to five years. You don’t need to practice full time, but you do need to have experience dealing with patients, insurance companies, and government regulations.
3.Serve on task forces and committees to gain experience performing management tasks.
4.Take management courses and participate in seminars. This will teach you the basics of management.
5.Improve your communication and listening skills.
6.Get to know people at the hospital and various medical associations. Networking can give you your best chance of landing a job as a Medical Director.
Experienced and competent Medical Directors are in high demand. Whether you are a practicing physician or resident thinking about starting your career as a Medical Director, these easy steps can get you started on the right path. Sim Hoffman is the Managing Director at Advanced Professional Imaging Medical Group in Buena Park, California.
Every business, even Sim Hoffman’s Advanced Professional Imaging Medical Group, had to start somewhere. Starting up a new radiology practice can be a daunting and complex proposition, but can be successful if done correctly. With the following considerations, you can start your own radiology practice and get things right from the beginning. To ensure that nothing is left to chance here is a detailed checklist you can follow that will guide you through the key tasks of the process.
Before you form your new practice, there are things that you must consider during the pre-assessment stage. You will need to look at the risks and potential target market for your business, the potential volume of the business, and what you will need in terms of staffing. You will then need to find an attorney and a certified public accountant. These members will handle the legal and financial aspects of the formation of the business.
Once you have the governance structure established, there will be a number of decisions that will have to be made regarding every aspect of the operation. During this phase of the start-up, you will have to decide on the structure of your compensation plan, health insurance, a retirement plan, and making sure tax returns are filed before you can start up your business. After these decisions have been decided upon, you have to manage the day-to-day operations of the practice, including billing, getting credentialed through Medicare and Medicaid, create malpractice policies, among other things.
Starting up a new radiology practice is a long and daunting process. As Sim Hoffman knows, you have to stay flexible and maintain the ability to make changes as you go in order to be successful.
When physicians need to detect injuries, lesions, or tumors on the spine, they have a radiologist like Sim Hoffman perform a myelogram. This is a type of radiological technique that is used to build up an image of the spinal cord. Due to the mineral content of the spine, it can be extremely tough to find any kind of issue or injury.
The procedure begins with a spinal tap being performed on the lower region of the spine. Once this is completed, the radiologist injects a contrasting dye into the spine. At this point, you may be placed on a rotating table and strapped into place. The table is then rotated, so the patient is upside down for a few moments, before being returned to a normal position. This allows the contrast dye time to spread through the spine. From here, x-rays are taken of the affected area and a blood patch is used to seal the wound made to the spinal column.
This type of procedure may be completed in order to diagnose a variety of different disorders that are related to the spine. If you have numbness in your arms or legs your doctor may request a CT myelogram. It is also used to check for spinal stenosis or a narrowing of the spine. It is also used to determine if you have any tumors or infections along your spinal canal.
While myelograms aren’t used very often these days, it can be a great tool for radiologists like Sim Hoffman to build a three-dimensional, computer generated image of the spine. If you have been experiencing spinal pain, and diagnostic tests like a CT scan or MRI are inconclusive, you may have to undergo a myelogram procedure.