Given the increasing cost of tuition at chiropractic schools, launching a solo practice straight after graduation can be a financial burden for the new DC. Instead, getting an associateship can be a viable option. The new grad can gain valuable experience while still managing to earn a small income. New DCs often have an unrealistic opinion of what they can offer an employer. Enter any associateship with an open mind and remember that your employer has valuable experience that you can learn from.
As most doctors of chiropractic know, the fifth year in practice is a big one. It is the year you either start to see yourself as part of the profession or you prepare to move on to another. As I reflect on my first five years in practice, I’ve thought of several lessons I wish I had learned earlier. Here are five key practices that a new doc should know right out of school.
Your success is highly influence by the mentors in your life. Being a student of chiropractic is an underlying prerequisite to being a successful DC, and this means you’ll want to work with a coach who can mentor you. Choose a mentor who understands your business and has been there before. One of the biggest […]
Most chiropractors say they are in the business of healing. But they are really in the marketing business. When you build your brand in your community, you spark referrals. The more you market, the more profitable your business. Even so, some chiropractors think “marketing” is a dirty word. But the fact is you are indeed in marketing because everything you do requires establishing your value to create a long-standing customer relationship.
Suppose I’m speaking to a state association and a recent graduate returns from the lunch break early: “Do you have a minute?” she asks. A frustrated associate arranges an hour telephone consult with me: “Here’s my problem”¦” he confesses. From such conversations, I’ve learned the following five essentials that aren’t getting adequate coverage in chiropractic colleges.