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.
Is it time to the make the switch to a new electronic medical record system?
Early adopters of EMRs are increasingly facing issues regarding stale features, lack of new development, or even obsolescence of their clinical information systems.
E-prescribing: Time to put away the pen and the prescription pad
The traditional prescribing process can be inefficient. We help you understand the definition of e-prescribing, the case for e-prescribing, and how to get started.
How to manage your time more effectively: Key steps
In the past, physicians enjoyed the luxury of seeing few patients while maintaining fat, juicy profit margins. Today, that scenario is reversed, with more patients and razor-thin profits.
How to make a good first impression with patients
Making that all-important first impression is true for first dates, your medical school interview, and the first interaction patients have with your practice.
Online presentations: How to keep your audience engaged
For this article, we interviewed Sundie Hallen, a senior trainer at McGrath Communications Group (, who provides 10 tips for giving an effective Internet presentation.
An attorney's perspective: What drives a patient to sue?
Most practicing physicians will have to deal with the medical malpractice industry at least once in their career despite their best efforts to employ standards of care and reasonable risk management.
Is there life after urology? Entrepreneurs say yes
Today, a number of urologists are leaving their clinical practices to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.
In-office drug dispensing: A new revenue stream?
Contemporary financial challenges call for creative thinking on the part of the physician-cum-small business operator. One idea that is gaining popularity is in-office dispensing of medications.
How satisfied are your patients?
All successful physicians listen to their patients. Do you?
How office technology can move your practice forward
We review a sampling of software and hardware for the office-based practice that can improve the way you practice, increase your efficiency, and enhance your communication with patients.


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