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  • How frequently do you schedule patients?

    36
    Every 15/30 minutes
    61.11%
    22
    Every 20/40 minutes
    8.33%
    3
    Way more than either of those (more time meaning less patients seen)
    5.56%
    2
    Way less than either of those (less time meaning more patients seen)
    27.78%
    10
    I am Primary Care (IM/FP)
    27.78%
    10
    I am a Specialist (Cards, Pulm, Endocrin, etc.)
    11.11%
    4
    I am a surgeon (general, ortho, ob/gyn, uro, etc.)
    44.44%
    16
    I am in private practice
    30.56%
    11
    I am employed by a health system/hosptial
    36.11%
    13

  • #2
    15 mins, occasional double books. 27-30 or so per day. PP, procedural specialist

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    • #3
      I do 15min with a few exceptions. New patients, hospital follow ups, and some procedures get 30 min.

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      • #4
        Every 15 min but I strategically double book for expected no shows or short visits.

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        • #5
          15/30. Typically see about 18-20 per day. FM. I could see more, but I feel comfortable with my flow and allows me to get my work done daily without feeling overly stressed/behind.

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          • #6
            I have appointment slots every 5-10 minutes. I average 40-50 patients a day as an employee sub specialist surgeon. The most I have seen in a day is low 60s. Some of my colleague’s schedule’s book up to 70-80 patients a day which is too much for me. I don’t think I want to me much busier than I currently am.

            I am paid purely on production, I have a base salary but my production is way above it so it effectively doesn’t matter.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TheDangerZone View Post
              I have appointment slots every 5-10 minutes. I average 40-50 patients a day as an employee sub specialist surgeon.
              Yikes. I was a hospital-employed surgical sub-specialist and burned out seeing half as much! Grateful to have FIRE’d one year ago next week. I wish you good strength and hope your finances are in order. You never know how long you can keep up with that kind of schedule.

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              • #8
                20/40 minutes as FM. I see low 20s a day, I could definitely and have in the past seen a lot more per day, but at this stage in my career I’m no longer interested in volume and I really don’t care (to an extent!) anymore what I make.

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                • #9
                  As an internist; seeing patients <20min (30min total charting time) starts cutting into ability to deliver appropriate care; let alone care coordination. Easy to pop in, say hey A1c 8; take this new med -- but doesn't do them justice in true management. (see other thread). if 5minute with 30 patients -- yeah add med - next patient

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BruinBones View Post
                    Yikes. I was a hospital-employed surgical sub-specialist and burned out seeing half as much! Grateful to have FIRE’d one year ago next week. I wish you good strength and hope your finances are in order. You never know how long you can keep up with that kind of schedule.
                    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Mind sharing what ballpark age you are and how many years you were in practice?

                    Thankfully, Ophthalmology lends itself to shorter visits and the comp is very good. I don't mind work most days. Finishing up my third year in practice, savings rate has been between 40-50%, hoping to reach FI in our portfolio within 4-6 years. I anticipate pulling the trigger on RE will be easier said than done.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TheDangerZone View Post

                      Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Mind sharing what ballpark age you are and how many years you were in practice?

                      One of my answers from an earlier thread in December 2020:
                      Originally posted by BruinBones View Post
                      1. I was one month shy of 55 when I retired from orthopedics this year. I reached FI last year, and was growing increasingly tired of community orthopedics (having some unfounded accusations against me from patients, lots of drug-seeking referrals from my local ER and extended providers, difficulties in obtaining pre-authorizations for studies and surgeries, having to learn a new EMR every few years, having to document “quality” for federal regulations, etc). In retrospect, I was burned out.
                      2. I was at a rural job where I saw patients at about 36 hours a week, but I was on-call to my local ER 24/7.
                      3. I was just over $1.8 million in investments, plus a military pension.
                      4. I retired from the military having accrued 24 years of service time. The pension is/was my main source of income. I was fortunate to start investing as soon as I was commissioned as an officer after college, and I was single until the age of 34. For most of my working career, I was a novice investor and had nearly 1/3 stocks, 1/3 fixed income, and 1/3 cash, so I did miss the opportunity to capitalize more on the market. My current retirement income is from pension, dividends/capital gains, and distributions from my 457(b) over the next 5 years. That will get me to age 59.5 where I can then further withdraw from my TSP and IRA as needed. We feel we are in a position to buy anything, just not everything.
                      5. I’m glad I started investing and living below my means at a young age, but I wish I knew earlier about the 3-fund portfolio, high expense ratios, back door Roth, Bogleheads and WCI. I know my path cannot be replicated by most readers, but I wanted to chime in as a comparison.
                      If you cut down to 2 or fewer workdays/week prior to age 55, would you mind sharing your experience: 1. How old were you when you did this? In what field of medicine? Why did you do it? 2. To how many workdays/week did you cut down? Did this number subsequently change? 3. What was your net worth at that time (not including

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                      • #12
                        I have 60 minutes with most patients. Some 30 minute follow ups but that's my minimum. 90 minute intakes. Psychiatry:-)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wideopenspaces View Post
                          I have 60 minutes with most patients. Some 30 minute follow ups but that's my minimum. 90 minute intakes. Psychiatry:-)
                          I think I would go insane if I had to spend 90 minutes talking to someone in a room over and over. I am really glad there are people out there like you who choose to do this!

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                          • #14
                            I am really thankful for Psychiatrists also, it is hard enough listening to constipation symptoms for 10 min, I think I would lose it listening to depression symptoms for an hour or so.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lordosis View Post

                              I think I would go insane if I had to spend 90 minutes talking to someone in a room over and over. I am really glad there are people out there like you who choose to do this!
                              Hahaha and I would hate to only have 5-10 minutes! Truly different strokes for different folks :-)

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