Business is an immense part of the chiropractic profession, yet it is not a topic of heave focus in Chiropractic College. Given this situation, as a student I recognize the importance in facilitation my own learning and building my knowledge in this domain, as it will help me throughout my education and as I approach graduation. It seems that nowadays business is what fuels and propels the world forward. If we wish to gain any professional status and success then, it seem as though we must first tackle the art of business. This narrative will discuss the way business has changed from my perspective throughout life and my experiences, results of my personal entrepreneur assessment, as well as the preliminary ideas of the type of practice model I wish to adopt in the future.
I am a strong believer that business training and experiences begins at a very young age, and never quite end. Business is a daily event that people engage in, or work that must to be to attain something desirable. These actions go as far back as childhood, trading snack with friends at school or bargaining with a sibling to achieve something desirable to you: getting out of doing the dishes that night. From there, business evolved into the many work opportunities that presented to me, and the associated interviews and contracts that I became bound to. More recently, business has changed its purpose to gaining good quality contacts through my education and the impressions I leave on people in hopes of one day accessing this pool of opportunity to launch my career in chiropractic. It becomes quite obvious then that business can be modified throughout life and serve many different purposed as our desires and passions change.
A part of this exercise and reflection was to complete an online questionnaire put together by Business Development Bank of Canada, which helps outline and break down individuals entrepreneurial potential in the form of a self assessment. The questionnaire is then interpreted based on pre-existing entrepreneurial qualities in areas like motivations, attitudes, and aptitude (1). Overall, my results met and exceeded the baseline characteristics and qualities of an entrepreneur in Canada. The break down of the diverse components that make up the qualities helps discover individual strengths and weaknesses in three domains (1). Within the motivation domain, my strengths lie in need for challenges and ambition, while my weakest area was self-sufficiency and freedom. This is very representative of the fact that I excel with group work with people who share my ambition for challenge. As well, I fell as though when the time comes, I am more than capable to carry out a task independently. In the aptitude section, my strengths were fairly even through all areas, with some work needed in the creativity and imagination section. I believe that creativity in my work will come with time and as I continue to develop my skill and gain a better idea of how I would like to thrive with my business.
Lastly, I will share ideas of the type of clinical model I would like to see myself in after my intern year. Approaching this with an open mind, I know these ideas are subject to change as I continue to learn about business, financial management of a clinic, and of course myself. This exercise has very helpful and informative in regards to the different clinic models chiropractors can build their career in. The readings, along with the self-assessment point me in the direction of the group practice. The group practice sounds appealing to me as I have been learning in a group environment since day one, and feel very comfortable building strong relationships with my colleagues and having them near for easily accessible consultation. As well, working in a group clinic is more affordable from an overhead, staff and office management perspective (2). This type of clinic also allows for some schedule flexibility and larger patient base (2). Even though there may be less autonomy in whole clinic decision-making, as feel as though being a part of a successful and strong team that share the same values will compensate for these losses. Furthermore, at this time the associate contract within a group clinic sounds appealing as a progressive income can still to achieve, while the costs of the clinic are shared, making it more affordable for everyone (3). Indeed there is much more I need to learn before I can make a well education decision about the type of clinic model and contract I wish to participate it. Of course, there is no better way to learn than to expose myself to as many clinics as possible.
In conclusion, business will be a topic at the back of mind as I complete degree. I hope to be able to gain enough knowledge and strengthen my weaknesses in order to be able to tackle any clinical model I wish to try in the future. Until then, I will continue to do independent research on various business topics and gain some real life perspectives through contact I meet in the field.