One of my favorite sayings is, “If someone else has already done it, then it’s probably possible.” I know this is heresy in orthodontics where anyone who is doing more than you are must be “running a mill and rendering subpar work”… but none the less, I’ve learned how to do what I can mostly from visiting other offices and meeting smart people who know more, have seen more and can do more than I. So, in order to share what is not only possible but very doable, I took photos of my clinic schedule for a normal day (this past Thursday) and also for a catchup day (today, Saturday). Have a look, ask questions, and let’s expand what you think is possible to the benefit of you patients, your team, yourself and your practice. That’s the point of interaction with peers – to learn and expand our abilities! Maybe while looking at this you’ll notice a way I can improve. If you do please share!
The schedule below is for an 8 chair office (both Jonesboro and Paragould are set up that way and the photo above is Paragould) and we have an assistant for each column. On a normal day we have a records person but on the catchup day we don’t. At the time of writing this we have started every new patient who was ready for treatment today – which has been all of them (it’s 10:23 am now). I am required by law to remove glue for all repairs and debonds and am the only person allowed to run a handpiece. I position all the brackets on all repairs and bonds. If your state allows you to do otherwise then you can likely do even more than we can.
Here is the schedule for the first half of the catchup day in Paragould (today) – 8 am to 11 am. I’ve included the template and the flow from orthotrac.
Here is the other half of the catchup day (today) in Jonesboro – 1pm to 4pm. The Jonesboro and Paragould offices are about 25 minutes apart. I only have the template for Jonesboro because the flow won’t show up until we go to that office and start working.
Here is a template for a normal Paragould day (this past Thursday). It’s pretty typical for here and for Jonesboro. I am including two photos because the AM got cut off where we work from noon to 1 pm.
I hope you find this useful and I’m happy to answer questions. Have a great weekend!
I had an assistant take a video of the activity here in Jonesboro this afternoon to give you an idea of how the clinic runs.