For the most part, the associate doctors in your clinic are still in a phase of learning and gaining practical experience. They seek guidance from you and are eager to receive feedback and discuss patient cases to improve their patient management and clinical decision-making.
As a practicing chiropractor, you will want to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each associate to ensure a successful mentorship. You want to contribute to their professional growth and development in the field of chiropractic care.
Here are some tips for providing effective support and mentoring to associate doctors:
Offer Orientation and Onboarding Program
Your mentoring process may start by providing an orientation and onboarding program for new associate doctors. Share an overview of the history, mission, vision, and core values of your chiropractic practice. Emphasize professional development, commitment to patient care, and quality improvement.
With this, define the roles and responsibilities of the associate doctors within the practice. Discuss the expectations regarding professionalism, teamwork, communication, and patient care. Also, give a detailed overview of the policies and procedures of your clinic, including those related to patient privacy and ethical guidelines. Special attention should also be given on how to deliver your clinic’s proven process since this is the core duty of your associates, providing top notch patient care.
Share Clinical Expertise
As an experienced chiropractor, share your clinical expertise with your associates. There is simply no substitute for you. You, the senior doctor, must be available and ready to train the associate.
You can also schedule dedicated observation sessions where they can shadow you during patient consultations and assessments. Encourage them to observe various chiropractors with different specialties to gain exposure to diverse techniques and patient populations.
Collaborate on Challenging Cases
Establish an open-door policy in your chiropractic business where associates feel comfortable approaching you for guidance or to discuss challenging cases. Indicate that you are available to give assistance and support whenever they find themselves in difficult or complex situations with patients. Assure them that challenging cases are a normal part of professional growth and that seeking guidance is an indication of quality patient care.
Consider organizing case presentation sessions where the associate doctors can present challenging cases to you and the rest of the team. In this, they can share their overview of the case, including patient history, treatment approaches, and examination findings.
Lead by Example
It is important to be a role model for your associates by demonstrating professionalism, ethical behavior, and commitment to the field. This means setting high standards for yourself and manifesting the qualities and behaviors you expect from your associate doctors. You need to maintain a high level of integrity and accountability in your interactions with everyone in the clinic.
Demonstrate compassion and active listening skills to create a supportive and caring environment. Encourage the associates to practice empathy and respect by acknowledging their contributions.
As you hire associate doctors in your chiropractic clinic, make sure you provide them with the right support and mentorship so that they can achieve their full potential while working in your practice. If you are at that point in the business that you are finally ready to hire associate doctors, I may be able to help you. Let’s get on a free 30-minute consultation call to get the conversation started.