Robert A. Dowling, MD
Dr. Dowling is president of Dowling Medical Director Services, a private health care consulting firm specializing in quality improvement, clinical informatics, and health care policy affecting specialty care. He is the former medical director of a large, metropolitan single-specialty urology group in Fort Worth, TX.
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Joining hospital system can be mutually beneficial for urologist, hospital
Several factors are important when deciding to make the transition to an employment model with a local hospital system.
Valuable lessons for urologists from the auto service industry
People, whether they need their car fixed or treatment for a urologic condition, expect high-quality service, and they are disappointed when their expectations aren't met.
Academic model offers urologists variety of roles
Academic urology can provide an array of opportunities.
Small urology practice model may pay big dividends
There is certainly a perception that urologists are consolidating into larger and larger organizations, as well as an implication that the small practice model is no longer economically viable. Yet urologist John E. Bertini, Jr, MD, has been able to start, grow, and maintain a small, successful independent practice in downtown Houston for 25 years.
A few words of wisdom from urologist Neil H. Baum, and a fond farewell
It is with a bit of sadness and a great deal of joy that I conclude more than 15 years of writing or co-authoring this column for Urology Times. In this article, I would like to share some thoughts on what I've learned and what I wish I had known 15 years ago.
Which compensation model is best for your urology practice?
Knowing current urologist salaries at a hospital or deciding how much to pay a new urologist joining a group practice can be difficult whether you're the applicant or the hiring physician. Several different compensation models exist, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.
'Meaningful use' of an EHR system: How to achieve it in your urology practice
This article defines meaningful use, lists the elements necessary to qualify for those elusive meaningful use incentives, and helps you decide whether and when your practice might want to engage in the process of EHR implementation.
Don't let patient no-shows erode your urology practice's revenue
There is a lot we can do to improve our practices' efficiency and productivity. One of the simplest methods is to decrease the no-show rate, a problem that affects most medical practices.
Veterans Affairs urology career offers stability, strong benefits
By the end of this article, you should better understand the VA practice model as it relates to the practice of urology.
How to put patients at the center of your urology practice
Patients can find health care information almost as easily as a physician can, and many patients are taking a more active role in their health care, including involvement in decision making and working with the doctor as part of a team.

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