Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2019

Bangalore Ophthalmic Society strongly urges both State and Central Governments to put up a single window clearance for all legal requirements to start a medical practice.

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Bengaluru: The 7th Edition of the annual summit of Bangalore Ophthalmic Society is being held on 22nd and 23rd June where three major aspects of eyecare are being discussed – ‘BOS Netrashaala’ for postgraduate students and fresher doctors; upskilling and hands on training for current practitioners; and most importantly sessions on non-medical requirements for running a practice.The theme of this year is labelled as ‘Practice Beyond 2020’, envisioning the future practices of Ophthalmology in India while stressing on the importance of soft skills of the doctors. Over 550 delegates associated with Eyecare participated in Day 1 on the summit, which also included scientific sessions on various eye conditions, surgeries and ophthalmic practices.

Highlighting the importance of organizing a separate session on non-medical aspects of eyecare practice, the President of Bangalore Ophthalmic Society, Dr. G.V. Divakarsaid, “We wanted to bring together all aspects of running an eyecare practice in a holistic way. For that, we have encapsulated a vast array of topics beyond the medicaland surgical treatments like legal requirements, digital marketing, ethics, soft skills, time management and mind management. This will provide a 360-degree approach of eyecare in India in current scenario.”

President of Bangalore Ophthalmic Society, and Convenor of Session on ‘Practice Management’, Dr. G.V. Divakar addressing the gathering during the BOS Summit 2019 – Envision – ‘Practice Beyond 2020′. This is the 7th edition of the annual BOS Summit, concentrating on ‘BOS Netrashaala’ for postgraduate students and fresher doctors; upskilling and hands on training for current practitioners; and most importantly sessions on non-medical requirements for running a practice.

“There are 30-40 legal and accreditation requirements from civil law, criminal law, environmental norms, medical laws, employment regulations and corporation bye laws that must be complied to before one starts practice. Although it is difficult to have a detailed understanding of all of this, ignorance is no bliss. I urge the government to implement a single window solution for all legal requirements and accreditations of starting and eyecare practice so as to not miss out on any of them”Dr. Divakar added, as the Convenor of Session on ‘Practice Management’ in the Summitwhile speaking on the legal requirements and accreditations required for running an eyecare practice.

This session also saw speakers elucidate on multiple topics pertaining to running eyecare practice. Topics like importance of introducing inter-disciplinary education during trainings & accreditation to improve seamless collaboration amongst various specialities involved with eyecare; necessity to simplify & manage practice by identifying tasks a doctor should do, decide, delegate and delete on a daily basis; ideal profit ratio while adhering to ethics; and how much to spend on instruments and equipment based on the doctors’ expertise were well received.

Talks on how to manage and master your mind to achieve success, how to go beyond your mind and tap your inner most potential, and the art of communication between other doctors, and with patients in various scenarios addressed the much anticipated soft skills and personal skills expected of an eyecare practitioner. With the world going digital and over 240 million users on Facebook alone in India, the topic on digital marketing elaborated the importance of being present on the various digital platforms like medical aggregator apps and social media.

The session was chaired, and keynote address was delivered by Dr. K.Bhujang Shetty on Time Management, while Dr.Dr.Narpat Solanki co-chaired the session and spoke on Investing in Instruments. While Dr.Rajashekhar YL moderated the session, noted doctors like Dr.Arun Adkoli, Dr. Koushik Murali, Dr.Nataraju C, Dr.Jaitra P G, Dr. M S Ravindra and Dr, AmulyaSahu also spoke in the session. The Board members of BOS – Vice President Dr. Jyoti S Shetty, Secretary Dr.Elankumaran P., Joint Secretary Dr. Priyank Solanki, Academic Convenor of BOS 2019 Dr. Arun Samprathi were also present in other sessions that were organized today.

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