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Thursday
Aug042011

Cosmetic Surgeon Wanted In South Dakota

LH (Lornell Hansen ll, MD) is a long time and active member of Medical Spa MD and he's looking for a doc to join his practice.

You can read his cosmetic surgeon needed listing here on the Medical Spa Jobs site: http://jobs.medicalspamd.com/jobs/cosmetic-surgeon/

I am looking for a physician to join my well established clinic. I am willing to train a physician new to cosmetic surgery/medicine as well as a physician already well versed in cosmetic medicine. Prefer a physician with a surgical background but not mandatory. Physician will be paid dependent on abilities. Position will include paid vacation, CME and 401K. This is a full time position only.

Any physician who's looking to move into cosmetic medicine would be well served in contacting LH since Lornell both knows his stuff, and is tremendously successful.

PS. I don't tout every job posting.  ; )

Tuesday
Feb012011

New Medical Spa MD Products Coming Soon!

There are some new Medical Spa MD products under development for our Members.

I've been exchanging emails with a number of member physicians running medical spas and it has me thinking.

I'll first say that I generally don't like consulting with individual medical spas and don't generally do it. Yes, I've opened seven medspas and, yes, I have helped physicians and trained docs, but I decided long ago that the 'medical spa consultant' is most often a hack, has a terrible business model, and doesn't have any fun. That's not for me.

Many of the emails are general in nature; How can I improve my medspa's website, use patient testimonials, finance my clinic, etc... but there are a few bullet points that stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of where a physician running a medical spa's concerns lie;

  • What technology should I avoid or buy?
  • How can I get the best training in new treatments?
  • How can I improve my business operations?
  • How can I drive new patients and increase my business?

There are a few other secondary contenders but these are the questions most often asked.

We've devoted a tremendous amount of time and effort on providing resources around some of these. You can read through thousands of insider comments in the IPL and cosmetic laser forums to see what other physicians and medical spas think of the technology they're using, or why they didn't buy something. There's also a tremendous number of posts and comments about business operations, marketing, advertising and more than a few about medical training, but I've come to believe that there are also some holes in our offering and some places to improve.

While you can use all of the information on this site to make better decisions, there are benefits to having everything put together in a logical format or product that you can use. While we've been fantastically effective in organizing our members and using our combined group buying power to get Select Partners that offer our Members discounted Botox pricing, malpractice protection, outsourced internet marketing, or postcard marketing there's a lot of insider information that's not so easily packaged up and offered broadly.

However, the feedback that I received from our Medical Spa Training Manuals has me thinking that we should be doing more to offer quality 'how to' products that physicians can actually use to address both their internal operations, and drive more patients and revenue.

The challenge has always been that it's just to much work to take the very best of this information, develop a comprehensive, quality product from it and then train an individual do on how to use it. It's just not an efficient model to deliver individually, without some sort of broader distribution to keep the cost at a manageable level for our Members.

But our growth has now put us in a position that we can scale. ; ) So, about a week ago we decided that we were going to organize and produce a number of new information products to address specific needs for our Members. (If you're not already a Member, join Medical Spa MD here.)

These products are not going to be general information, they're going to be specific 'how to' products that give you simple, plug and play directions that you can implement within days.

Medical spa products that we're working on right now:

  • The most comprehensive medical spa operations manual ever developed that details specific treatments and procedures, from how to answer the phone, to how to handle cash, to up-selling. This one product took me literally 16 months to write (when you see it you'll know why) and I used it in every one of my clinics every day. This isnt' some crappy 'template' that you'll get from a 'consultant' who couldn't make any money with thier own medspa and now wants to tell you how to run yours. This one product will change your medical spa into a real business that gives your staff the tools they need to perform at peak efficiency.
  • The Medical Spa Blueprint. A complete blueprint that speaks to physicians running medical spas or cosmetic clinics. The Medical Spa Blueprint will be a free strategic and tactial overview of the key points you'll be addressing in your clinic.
  • How to drive an extra $120,000 in revenue in one month. Yep. You read that correctly. I'm going to offer a product that's the single most effective revenue producing system I'm aware of. I've used it in every medical spa or cosmetic practice I've been a part of to drive revenue and it's NEVER failed to deliver spectacular results. I've used it to increase monthly revenue at a single clinic by up to $120k without canibalizing existing business. It is BY FAR the single best thing you can do to increase sales. The best thing about this system is that you can use it over and over to actually increase your profit margin with full-price treatments that don't erode your business.
  • Outsourcing for your medical spa. I started outsourcing a number of business functions years ago and have been running businesses with full-time outsourced team for the last five years. Most people give up outsourcing because they spend just as much time managing their team as they did when they were doing everything themselves. But if you do it correctly, outsourcing can free you to work on your business rather than just work inside it.
  • New site for Medical Spa Classifieds so that you can buy and sell your cosmetic lasers and IPLs.
  • New site for Medical Spa Jobs.

These products are going to take some time but as soon as we launch we'll make some general notifications. As always there will be no pressure to buy. If we're offering a product that's not for you, then it's not for you. We'll also be offering Members some introductory offers and additional free downloads that well be available in our Members Only area.

If you've never purchased anything from us (you're not alone), consider looking though the offerings of our Select Partners and making a test purchase. See what your experience is like and compare it with going it alone. We're confident that you'll not only have a better experience that you're having with your existing solutions, you'll be getting a better price.

Saturday
Jan012011

What's Standing In The Way Of Your Medical Spa's Success?

If you're a physician with a medical spa that wants the freedom to control your career and lifestyle, it's going to demand action.

At the turn of the new year it's a time for resolutions that generally have actions associated with them.

Here are the most common excuses that physicians give for why they can't actually take control of their career and lifestyle and actually do what they want. (You'll also notice that it's the same list that everyone else has.)

It's quite a list and there are plenty of pegs for most physicians to hang their hats on and, indeed, most docs will never have real control or freedom. But, as the wise man once said, the world needs ditch-diggers too.

If you're risk-adverse and choose security over opportunity every time, here's your list courtesy of 99%:

1. I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME.
Extra time, like money, rarely just materializes out of thin air. We have to work for it. If “finding creative time” is a struggle for you, consider getting proactive about carving it out, and doing the most important work first.

2. I’M AFRAID OF FAILURE.
If we really push ourselves, we will fail more than we’ll succeed. But that’s how we gain experience, how we learn, how we grow. The greater failure is to never risk failure at all. Choreographer Twyla Tharp: “If you do only what you know and do it very, very well, chances are that you won’t fail. You’ll just stagnate, and your work will get less and less interesting, and that’s failure by erosion.” 

3. I’M NOT INSPIRED.
Inspiration comes from action, not the other way around. Our friends at Red Lemon Club shared this insightful tidbit from leadership guru John C. Maxwell: “"The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it."

4. I NEED TO FIND BALANCE IN MY WORK AND HOME LIFE. 
Living a full, balanced life is a wonderful goal. But does that mean doing less work and having more leisure time at home, or doing better work and feeling more fulfilled? Seasoned non-conformist and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau makes the case for better work and bigger dreams, arguing that balanced people don’t change the world.

5. I CAN’T OVERCOME MY INERTIA.
Getting started can be hard. Once you’re sitting still, once you’re in your comfort zone, the easiest thing to do is just stay there. As serial entrepreneur Andy Swan has written, one of the most common mistakes when we’re just beginning a project is to “set lofty goals from a resting start.” With images of fame and success dancing in our heads, we set the bar too high, fail to make the grade, and quit because we’re discouraged. Instead, build momentum by starting with small, achievable goals, and work from there.

6. IT’S NOT ORIGINAL ENOUGH.
Originality is immaterial. Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch puts it like this: “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination… Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent… Remember what Jean-Luc Godard said, ‘It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.’” 

7. I’M AFRAID OF THE COMPETITION.
If someone else is doing something similar that needn’t be a reason to give up. In fact, it’s a great reason to get more excited. As Seth Godin has said, competition validates your idea by creating a category. It also lights a fire under your ass. 

8. I GOT MY EXPECTATIONS TOO HIGH JUST THINKING ABOUT IT…
It’s easy to get high on the idea of executing your idea. You daydream about how great it will be, the recognition and acclaim that will inevitably follow its launch. You build it up so much that the reality of actually executing the idea starts to seem unappealing. Ze Frank calls these un-executed ideas “brain crack” – it’s a dangerous addiction. 

9. IT’S NOT THE RIGHT MOMENT TO DO IT.
Occasionally, this excuse has the merit of actually being valid. Twitter creator Jack Dorsey had the idea for the service back in 2000. Unfortunately, the technology that would help Twitter thrive wasn’t in place yet. But how did he recognize this? Dorsey did a small-scale implementation of the idea that flopped. Even though it failed then, the exercise crystallized the idea in his mind, and Dorsey was able to revive it later when the timing was right

10. I HAVE TO PLAN EVERYTHING FIRST.
At this year’s 99% Conference, author and entrepreneur Frans Johansson argued that humans are very bad at predicting which ideas are going to be a success. Thus, nearly every major breakthrough innovation has been preceded by a string of failed or misguided executions. The moral of the story? Spend more time doing, and less time planning.

11. THE PRODUCTION IS TAKING TOO LONG.
Nobody ever said creative execution was sexy. In fact, it’s grueling. Author Junot Diaz battled writers block for 5 years before finishing his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Inventor James Dyson built over 5,000 prototypes before he found the right design for his vacuum. And the list goes on. We must find joy in the process of execution, not just the end product.

12. MY IDEA ISN’T POLISHED ENOUGH YET.
Charles Darwin spent 20 years developing his theory of natural selection, and planned to eventually publish his research in a multi-volume tome. But in 1858, he received a letter from the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace essentially summarizing the theory he’d been cultivating over decades. Darwin scrapped his plans for a tome and quickly published his now-famous abstract, On the Origin of Species. Without Wallace nipping at his heels, though, how long might Darwin have gone on perfecting his world-changing theory? Sometimes it’s best to launch a project before it’s “perfect.” 

13. I NEED TO DO MARKET RESEARCH.
If you think about real, game-changing inventions and discoveries – the electric lightbulb, the double helix of DNA, the airplane – almost none of them had the support of the masses in the early days. Being a visionary means being able to see what other people can’t even imagine. That’s why companies like Apple don’t do market research

14. I HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN.
This excuse reminded us of a great piece from writer Rebecca Cantrell, who struggled with the impact her newborn had on her writing. Though initially she lost her will to work as she focused on child-rearing, Cantrell found – in watching her son’s willingness to experiment and fail and never give up – that the experience actually inspired her and improved her writing practice

15. I’VE GOT TO PAY THE BILLS.
Here's the big one for most physicians. Going with the status quo, we tend to give high priority to things like wealth and stability. And once we have them, it’s extremely difficult to imagine life without them. (To wit: “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”) But should these things come at the expense of pursuing big, bold ideas? Paying the bills won’t necessarily earn you a legacy.

You started your medical spa with specific goals in mind but the enjoyment of control and freedom isn't something that's ever going to be handed to you. You'll have to earn it through action.

Tuesday
Dec282010

How Are Employees Working In Your Medical Spa?

By Arlen Meyers MD

Who is working in your medical spa?

Employee engagement refers to the bond employees have with their organizations and the amount of connectivity they have with their organizations' missions. Current thought is that employee engagement is a greater indicator of productivity than employee satisfaction. When employees really care about the business, they're more likely to go the extra mile. Numerous studies show that employee engagement is correlated to a company's bottom-line success.

http://www.cunahrtdcouncil.org/news/422.html

In the late 90's the Gallop Organization developed the Q12, a tool for measuring employee engagement. Those who score high on the survey instrument are more engaged and their employers benefit with hgher profits and market shares.

Here are the questions.

  • Do you know what is expected of you at work?
  • Do you have the materials and equipment you need to do your work right?
  • At work, do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?
  • In the last seven days, have you received recognition or praise for doing good work?
  • Does your supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about you as a person?
  • Is there someone at work who encourages your development?
  • At work, do your opinions seem to count?
  • Does the mission/purpose of your company make you feel your job is important?
  • Are your associates (fellow employees) committed to doing quality work?
  • Do you have a best friend at work?
  • In the last six months, has someone at work talked to you about your progress?
  • In the last year, have you had opportunities at work to learn and grow?
  • http://www.workforce.com/section/hr-management/article/12-questions-measure-employee-engagement.html

    After administering this test to thousands of employees, Gallop found that only 40% of employees are engaged. The rest , in the best case, show up and do their job, while in the worst case, 15% are disengaged and sabotage the organization or create problems. As you know, misery loves company.

     The questions concern having the tools and authority to do your job, getting honest feedback, feeling appreciated, and having a learning and growth plan.

    Whether you are the employer or the employee, the Q12 can help you pinpoint holes in how you are treated or how you treat your employees. The sooner you identify gaps and fix them the better. Disengagement is contagious and most antibiotics no longer work.

    Arlen Meyers MD MBA is the cofounder, and Chief Medical Officer of MedVoy, a medical tourism company. He is also a Professor of Otolaryngology, Dentistry and Engineering at the University of Colorado at Denver and CEO and President of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. He blogs at Freelance MD

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    Sunday
    Sep052010

    Average Salary For Physicians

    Here's what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services (BLS) report as the average salary of a physician in the US.

    In 2008, physicians practicing primary care had total median annual compensation of $186,044, and physicians practicing in medical specialties earned total median annual compensation of $339,738."

    Let's look at a few specific specialties, in ascending order:

    General Pediatricians $161,410
    Psychiatrists $163,660
    Family and General Practitioners $168,550
    General Internists $183,990
    Obstetricians and Gynecologists $204,470
    Anesthesiologists $211,750
    Surgeons $219,770

    Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $173,860.

    Oh, and nursing jobs are going to grow over the next decade.

    The number of registered nurses is expected to swell to 3.2 million by 2018, accounting for approximately 581,500 new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's up from 2.6 million today, and it represents the largest overall growth projection out of all occupations in the U.S. economy, for good reason.

    Americans aged 65 and older will make up 19% of the population in 2030, up from 12.4% in 2000. As the population ages and the growth of the working-age population slows down, there will be an increased demand for health care services in general, and home health care services in particular. In the past year, the home health care services industry has experienced sales growth of 11.2%, making it the fastest growing industry in the U.S., according to Sageworks, a financial analysis company.

    Along with registered nurses, Sageworks projects that home care aids, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other medical professions will be in high demand for the foreseeable future.

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