Basic Shopping List for Opening up a Medical Practice
by Patrick C. Alguire, MD, FACP
Director, Education and Career Development
Although not as popular as it once was, a few physicians leaving residency training will enter solo practice. Of the many concerns and responsibilities when preparing to open an office is identifying the necessary equipment for an office practice. Patrick Malloy from Patrick Malloy & Company, Management and Planning Consultants has generated the following helpful list.
Computers and Software
Desks and secretarial posture chairs for receptionist and/or secretary
Fireproof storage for accounts receivable
Secretarial organizers and trays
Wall-mounted mercury sphygmomanometers
Flashlight or wall-mounted unit
Disposable vaginal specula/light source
Disposable sigmoidoscope/light source
Surgical instruments (if relevant)
Allergy Kit or epi-pen
Pregnancy test kits
Hematocrit capillary tubes, sealer
Test tubes and racks
Microscope slides/cover slips
Bunsen burner/alcohol lamp
Urine culture sets
Blood drawing equipment
Strep screen kit
Letterhead and envelopes
Magazines and books (non-medical)
Upholstered arm chairs
Side tables and lamps
Magazine covers and wall rack
Plants, mirror, paintings
Medical Literature in different languages specific to area
Examination table and stool
Waiting chairs or sofa
Clothes rack or hangers
Screen or curtains
Executive desk and chair
Side chairs (3)
Alcohol hand foam
Assorted gauze pads
Topical skin freeze
Patient Comfort Items
ACP Career Connection's
Job Search Advantage
Search for jobs that suit your internal medicine and/or specialty career path. Register as a Job Seeker for additional benefits.
- Build, edit and store your Job Seeker Profile
- Select Early Job Notifier to have job alerts e-mailed to you
Resident/Fellow Member Benefits: ACP offers Resident/Fellow Membership for internal medicine residents and subspecialty fellows-in-training.
Join ACP: Take advantage of members only benefits by becoming a Resident/Fellow member of ACP today.
Connect with your peers
Join this ACP members-only virtual community to connect with other residents and fellows.
Find a Mentor
Find an experienced physician who can answer your questions about internal medicine.
What will you learn from your Annals Virtual Patient?
Annals Virtual Patients is a unique patient care simulator that mirrors real patient care decisions and consequences. CME Credit and MOC Points are available. Start off with a FREE sample case. Start your journey now.
Volunteer through ACP
ACP recognizes the importance of volunteerism and community service at both the national and local levels as part of its commitment to universal access to health care. View current volunteer opportunities and network with other ACP member volunteers today.
Products and Resources for Patients
ACP has developed easy- to-use materials designed to help educate your patients on self-management of a wide variety of common health conditions. Order yours today!