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
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