Following is part 1 of a 3-part practice management article taken from the American Academy of Pediatrics Practice Management Online Launching Your Career in Pediatrics Handbook (http://practice.aap.org/startinginpractice.aspx). Each article will address the issue of setting up an effective time management office schedule that will work for physicians and staff as well as families.

Most pediatricians go into practice with the idea of balancing work and family time. Ideally speaking, the decision of office hours should be part of your market analysis, done as the first step in assessing and selecting the community and location in which you wish to practice, not after you have made the selection, picked space, ordered supplies, and made commitments. Your care, your demeanor, and your availability are the major determinants of the practice's success.

Here are some things to consider.

Options to consider making your hours more effective include

These solutions are attempts...

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