Following is part 2 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.

The most common scheduling methodologies are fixed appointments and wave or modified wave scheduling. These formats apply to the timing of appointment scheduling. There are also open access and modified open access—these apply to the style of scheduling.

Setting hours is critically important because parents consider availability and accessibility just as important as care quality and health care insurance participation. It needs to be part of your marketing plan to build your practice. Decide which you wish to do before you select where you will open a practice. The greatest mistake is to pick a...

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