Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Happiness in My Solo Practice

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Happiness in My Solo Practice

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I don't want to rule the world.

Some doctors do, albeit in a non-Attila-the-Hun sort of way. They want to have offices on every street corner, in every suburb of a given city, sometimes more than one city. Like the Starbucks of medicine.

That's not me. I'm happy in my little one-office world.

Maybe I just don't have the ambition, or the business mindset, or whatever it takes to want to do that. I understand it's all part of wanting to be successful, and obviously those doctors are more driven in that direction than I am. The more offices, the more patients can be seen, and the more money you make.

It's not quite that simple, though. No one can be in more than one place at the same time, so to see more patients at more places you need more doctors. To pay more doctors requires more money, which in turn requires more patients.

There's nothing wrong with taking over the world (or at least a suburb) if you like that sort of thing. …

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