Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

Quickie Consult 118

From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time.

"Feeling Small in Your Office"


In almost 30 years of private practice, there were many times I felt very small in my office. That usually occurred after I had to go to the hospital for various reasons or I had a friend that worked for a large corporation. I often felt a strong desire to work in a more powerful environment. It was a very weird feeling and in retrospect, I understand why I felt that way. It was because “the grass is greener on the other side,” right? NOT!!!!

After spending the better part of the last month in hospitals with my wife, I carefully observed the “power struggle” that happens on an hourly basis in the hospital. In this case, the hospital was one in New York City. It is one of the most prestigious and powerful medical institutions in the world. The prestigious food chain went like this. The medical student interns came in at 5:30 AM followed by the residents at 7:00 AM who abused the interns about their findings. The chief resident then arrived 30 minutes later and redid everything to, in turn, abuse the residents. This was followed by the attending doctor whose ring everyone kissed, who, in turn, kicked everyone out and redid everything that had been done, while all of the residents waited in the hallway to see if they had done the right thing. The attending was angry because the department head was not pleased with the rate of production of the department and was disgruntled because he only wanted to be a good doctor and didn’t get it. All the while, the aides made fun of the licensed practical nurses (LPN’s) and the LPN’s, in turn, would comment on how the nurses never took the vitals in a timely fashion or did anything right. In turn, the nurses would complain that the doctors didn’t respond promptly in order to allow them to care for their patients, but instead the nurses had to run after the doctors. The truth is, it wasn’t that bad, but on any given day, all of these occurance happen in every hospital. It’s worse in non-teaching hospitals.

Now, here you are sitting in your office and who do you answer to? If you are married, only your wife or husband and no one else! You get to chose how you are going to care for your patients and you get to choose when you are going to care for your patients. You get to do something that cannot be done in most hospitals…adjust patients and create a level of wellness that will never be achieved in a hospital. Therefore, when you are in your office pondering all of the great facilities and organizations in the world, remember, you are the center of your organization and you can create as powerful a center as you choose. You get to make all the rules and you are in control of your own success.

The next time you feel small, call me up and I will yell at you for being beneath me…Then you can feel like one of those residents in the hospital and when I am done yelling at you, call me an asshole, just like those residents do when referring to their so-called “superiors.”

If you want your center to be more powerful, decide what it is you want to achieve and make it happen. Follow the rules of success and it will happen. The grass is rarely greener on the other side.

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