We asked physicians and administrators what their resolutions were for 2016, either personal or professional. Here's what they said.
It is a mad rush to finish out the old year and ring in the new. But, physicians should take a minute and examine their challenges and hopes for the new year. Here are our physicians New Year Resolutions for 2016. Auld lang syne!To download a PDF of this slideshow, click here.
"I am resolving to become more efficient at charting (while not compromising quality). I'm tired of spending my time after clinic and on weekends catching up on charts!"Mark Birmingham, DPM, a Colorado-based podiatrist
"I resolve to fight each and every underpayment and illogical denial from an insurance company no matter how small!"Leann DiDomenico McAllister, Massachusetts-based practice administrator
"My New Year's resolution is to meditate more regularly, and wake up earlier during the week to get more completed before my day starts."Elizabeth Seymour, MD, Texas-based family physician
"I have always found it difficult to be on time. My New Year's resolution is to be on time (or even early) for both personal and professional obligations." Jennifer Frank, MD, a Wisconsin-based family physician
"I don't make resolutions per se. Instead in December, I think about one word that I want to focus on during the next year. Each day I think about that word, what it means to me personally, and how I might need to use it during that day. Each year is a different word and addresses particular areas of improvement I need to work on. It's a little different but I've had good success with it. It's simple yet challenging.David Norris, MD, a Kansas-based anesthesiologist
"Regarding my medical practice, my plan is to reach more physicians and help them grow into strong physician leaders."David Norris, MD
"My resolutions would be finding a better balance between work and home by transferring more responsibility and patient care to my physician assistant - not overcommitting myself. Also, finishing my PCMH certification." Deborah Winiger, MD, an Illinois-based solo family physician
"I resolve not to start any new projects until there is a good chance that I will be able to follow through and complete them in a timely manner."Donald Stewart, MD, a Washington-based family physician
"I resolve to become more active with my local and state medical societies to help physicians have a united voice in shaping public policy."Terence R. McAllister, MD, a Massachusetts-based primary-care physician