Your schedule controls the productivity and the profitability of your practice. There are only so many hours in a day, and each of those hours has a certain value, based upon your level of production.
Therefore, the people in the office that control your schedule also control your profitability. Whoever schedules appointments has an important job. They need to understand how to schedule for maximum profitability.
I like to keep the schedule as simple and uncomplicated as possible. I think many of the different scheduling techniques taught today are
too complicated, and often make things more difficult than they should be. For instance, one scheduling technique is to have each procedure with assistant time, then doctor time, followed by assistant time and sometimes even “clean-up-the-room” time.
Another technique is to block out time on the schedule for specific procedures for specific times of the day, or sometimes even specific days of the week.
There is also “perfect day” scheduling in which the scheduler puts certain types of procedures at certain times on certain days so that, once in a blue moon, you can say that you had a “perfect day.”