To maximize productivity, use benchmarks, delegate tasks, and download free web-based tools

Female-doctor-checking-blood Maintaining a productive clinic is a key aspect of income stability and professional satisfaction. Productivity, however, means more than just seeing additional patients. Too many patients might result in diminished quality and patients seeking care elsewhere. Without enough visits, your earnings will drop and you may not be able to pay employees. Finding the right balance is crucial to your success.


Gada 64“I am endowed with talent, resources, and a desire to excel in whatever I pursue. By utilizing all my assets in a productive manner, I should be able to accrue sufficient money, reputation, and satisfaction, and serve society.”
—Dhiraj Gada, MD, DGO, DFP, FICMCH, reproductive endocrinologist and director of Gada Life ART Center, Indore, India, and a member of mdCurrent-India’s Editorial Advisory Board


According to Dhiraj Gada, MD, DGO, DFP, FICMCH, who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility in Indore, “When you are earning enough to meet your expenses, and when your colleagues and staff are happy, and—most important—your clients are satisfied and their number is increasing day-by-day, you can be sure that your productivity is fruitful.”

Gada, who has been practicing since 1985, and other doctors we spoke with offered the following tips for maintaining a productive clinic:

Key Point: Improve and maintain productivity by delegating tasks to employees and finding a patient volume that meets your financial and personal goals.
  • Set productivity benchmarks.
  • Compare your data to targets.
  • Access free web-based tools to monitor personal and employee performance.
  • Delegate lower-skilled tasks to support staff.
  • Reward exceptional employees.

Establish productivity targets

Sanjay Kalra, MD, DM, an endocrinologist in Karnal, Haryana, estimates that he sees...

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2 Comments

  1. hariharan ramamurthy
    Posted May 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    “an endocrinologist in Karnal, Haryana, estimates that he sees 80 to 120 clinic patients, two to four hospital patients, and five to 10 research patients per day. ”
    If a physician works even 12 hours a day(which is more are less impossible in the long term ) 130 patients perday translates to less than 5 minutes per day.
    which means all his patients are being treated by clinical staff and paying fees for specialist consultation for diabetes mangement which ideally is done by a primary care physician .
    No wonder the diabetic treatment parameters in India are DISMAL.

    • Varun Achar
      Posted Jul 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Hariharan,

      You are assuming that there is only 1 doctor in the clinic.

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