One of the largest challenges facing a solo practice, paper-based physician is the ability to find a replacement physician. Many new graduates prefer to practice in a team setting, with a fully functional EMR/EHR and shared responsibilities within the group for addressing day-to-day operational requirements. Some ways to address this include:
- Ensuring your clinic promotes what may be attractive to new graduates. This includes group practices, EMRs, financial considerations, work-life balance, mentorship, vacation coverage, equitable workload, and diverse practice options.
- Do specific outreach to select someone to take over practice. This can include finding a candidate who may be a new graduate or locum you bring into the practice. Take the time to help them learn the practice and get to know the patients. While this may be a large time investment, it can yield a high return on investment. The checklist in Appendix A can assist you in keeping track of important details.