"Wise words to live by and I've found to be true."
Curtis G. Graham, M.D., FACOG, FACS www.CurtisGrahamMD.com
Physician, Entrepreneur, Author, Marketer, Copywriter, Business Expert, Mentor, Public Speaker
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"Our Medical Business Integrity"
Our Medical Practice Business:
L & C Internet Enterprises, Inc.
Our Mission: Based on the fact that the medical profession continues to deteriorate from the complete lack of education in business principles and marketing knowledge, it provides us with the incredible opportunity to correct that deficiency by any means possible that is within our ability and power to do so.
Our Convictions:Overwhelming evidence from studies, research, respected business experts, and formidable business schools have revealed undeniable proof that businesses succeed at their highest potential only when the foundational business principles are applied consistently to any business.
Consequently, physicians and other professional healthcare providers who lack an academic foundational knowledge of business are destined to ultimately fail in their business of medical practice. If not complete failure, then a medical practice of very mediocre profitability contributing to the serious frustration of the majority of physicians today with their profession.
The resulting attrition of doctors in our country and elsewhere is marked by quitting medical practice in droves, retiring earlier than planned, and refusing to acquiesce to incomes far below what they have honestly earned through extended education and prolonged time in training....without even mentioning the costs involved.
We believe that any physician or other medical professional who is given the tools they can use to reach their highest potential and value to their patients and society, will not only remain financially solvent but actually continue to grow their income and their practice regardless of the economic circumstances. Those tools are found in a business education, which includes marketing education.
The only way that healthcare professionals can solve or avoid these barriers is to know how to make enough personal income to reach complete satisfaction and fulfillment in their profession. We stand by this belief.
1. To make physicians and other professional healthcare providers aware of the true and primary cause of their financial problems with their practices.
2. To overcome the blinding effects of mindsets that inhibit any physician from opening their minds to what they need to do to reach their original goals in the medical profession, not reachable otherwise.
3. To provide the education and materials necessary for any physician to reach their full potential at the pace they choose.
4. To make a passionate attempt to
rectify what has always been missing in
the education of medical professionals
with the hope that the academic minds
will find a way to provide business
education for all medical professionals
during their training process.
Business and Marketing Background:
We have been in the medical practice business and marketing coaching and education business since 2004 under the auspice of L & C Internet Enterprises, Inc. My expert training in business systems and marketing strategies over the last 12 years, and continuing today, is attributed to the Dan S. Kennedy organization known as Glazer-Kennedy Inner Circle of which I am a member.
Mr. Kennedy is the world's foremost expert in entrepreneurial business and marketing strategies. In addition to training large numbers of the millionaire experts in marketing now well known in the marketing industry across the world, he, as a renegade marketing expert, is credited with marketing innovations, strategies, and knowledge which were previously unknown, or at least unrecognized by the traditional marketing industry.
Mr. Kennedy's ideas have raised the bar on business and marketing expertise. His 60 or so books, innumerable newsletters, variety of seminar teaching programs, national conferences given multiple times each year, and personal interaction being available to any client or emerging entrepreneur is well beyond what most experts offer.
In addition to being a product of the Glazer-Kennedy Group, I have accumulated the business and marketing knowledge from many other business and marketing experts providing alternative approaches to business functions and marketing programs. Their resources are endless.
"Reliable Medical Practice Marketing
Strategies are Good, But
"We care about the health of your medical practice and have created top rated medical websites to help you improve it!"
We acknowledge the blessings of the Almighty each time in our lives we have used our talents for the benefit of other medical doctors.
You'll probably notice rather quickly I'm being held hostage by ambition and enthusiasm. Why else would I have invested so much time in my life to the practice of medicine, and helping people. I know the good Lord put me exactly where he wants me, although many times I have seriously questioned his decision. But I wasn't about to argue with Him.
Adversity in my life no doubt gave me the tools to push my natural talents to their upper limits. I'm not complaining, mind you, but I have to admit they have kept me busy and out of trouble—most of the time! (Whole story at the bottom)
Many of you physicians may share the same kind of memories:
I was raised in small rural town of Platea, PA.---population about 250. All were working hard hoping for a better life while WWII was going on. Attending a small two room school house (4 grades in each room) wasn't so bad. The outside 4 holer toilets about 40 yards from the school building in the winter with freezing wind blowing off Lake Erie that got to me.
Our country high school (about 200 students) in Girard, PA---population about 2500, still about the same today---could only handle two sports (basketball and football)---unless you include gym class as the third. The American Legion sponsored two baseball teams in town for those of us who needed
Gas was 26 cents a gallon in 1952, and no one felt the need to lock their doors. Imagine that! It was a generation of hard work and family reunions. Dr. Hollingsworth was the only family doctor in town and he made house calls---someone I consider to be a real doctor.
At age 12 I drove the small tractor by myself as most farm boys do. By 14, I was driving my grandparents in their 51 Chevy around everywhere without a drivers license. Underage drivers was commonplace back then.
My grandparents raised me (from age 11 on) on their hundred acre "working" farm. During those hours out in the fields with my grandfather (he taught school for 22 years before farming), I was given the golden rules to live by—and still do. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
With financial help from my family, I worked my way through Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Philadelphia, PA) ---since renamed "Perelman School of Medicine."
every doctor finishing medical school at that
time (1962) was being drafted--Vietnam
conflict had started. I volunteered so that I
would have a choice of military services. I
served in the Navy and with the Marines
Life challenges we all face--and these were mine:
You see, my first mistake was in thinking that they couldn't send me into the combat zone inside Vietnam, if I was in the Navy. Boy---------
was I wrong!
After completing my year of medical internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia, my next assignment was on the new aircraft carrier USS GUADALCANAL in Philadelphia. After three days of sea trials in rough seas I came to my personal conclusion that sea-sickness should be placed on the list of disabling diseases.
Then, after completing the 6 month flight surgeon's course at the Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Pensacola April 1964, I was assigned to a Marine aviation helicopter unit HMM 365--MCAF Santa Ana, CA. My second oversight was not considering that the Marines had branches of aviation squadrons that deploy to combat zones. You guessed it! Not that I really had any choice of assignments.
HMM 365 Marine Helicopter Squadron deployed to Vietnam Oct. 1964. Only 14 months out of Internship with no trauma or surgical training I found myself and my corpsmen managing serious combat injuries from the battlefield to the hospital via H-34 helicopter that you see in the background of the photo below. ARVN (Army Republic of Vietnam) casualties transported to the ARVN hospital in DaNang, and American (including Australian) casualties to the 8th Army Field Hospital in NhaTrang.
As an intern in a stateside hospital you simply call in the trauma surgeon to do the fix-up work. Combat injury triage was something I had not been taught, but soon adapted to. I say that because at that time the closest American military hospital for American casualties was in Nha Trang--a 3 hour flight away in an Air Force C-123.
Our tour in DaNang, Vietnam became a pivot point of my life. It turned out that I was one of the few Naval Flight Surgeons who actually flew on combat med-evac missions (over 80). Later, flight surgeons were restricted from doing that as two flight surgeons had already died in Vietnam, I was told. Regrettably, my dear friend, Dan Bennett, 19 years old who volunteered to join our squadron while in Okinawa, was killed on a hot zone mission in May 1965.
Navy corpsmen after 6 months training and assigned to the
Marine Aviation Units were expected to fly all med-evac
The Marine Corps has no medical personnel of
their own. The Navy assigns corpsmen,
physicians, and other medical-dental personnel
to serve with the Marine units. I found that the Navy
corpsmen could do everything I could do on a combat med-evac
mission, to their credit as qualified medical personnel. I
know because I flew with them on missions
When my wife now says, "Let's go camping," I suddenly get a completely different mental picture of the process than she does.
I avoided a third issue by resigning my military commission June 1967.....or stay in the Navy and go back to Vietnam. You may be old enough to remember the old "expectation" in the 1950s, that joining the National Guard was a unique way to avoid actual combat and deployment outside the USA, is no longer the case.
I completed three year specialty training residency (OB-GYN) at Hahnemann University Hospital and Medical School, Phila. PA in 1970. After over 25 years in practice in the Bay Area of CA and five years as a hospitalist employee after that in Michigan, I retired from practice in 1999 at my wife's insistence, and my increasing frustration with the medical practice environment.
"Great accomplishments have resulted from
the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm "
Thomas J. Watson
Linda was raised in Portland, OR--then Redding, CA, attended Univ.
of Oregon, and spent over 25 years as a Medical Assistant in several
doctor's offices, the last 20 in my office
as manager. She has spunk, brains, and loves helping
people. How could I help not marrying her? It's impossible to relate how many times
her incredible judgment, business savvy,
and social acumen have kept me on the
Now about my writing credentials:
My writing talent came to me inadvertently. The need to educate my patients became obvious right from the start of my medical practice. It began with constructing some simple medical treatment instructions and advice as handouts for my patients. No other local physicians were doing that in the 1970s locally. Forgetting what your doctor just told you, is usual. This gave patients a second resource for the healthcare information without having to call back and ask. Saved myself and my office staff hours of time with phone calls
It was easy for me to write everything in simple-to-understand terms. Patients often asked for extra medical handouts to give other family members and friends. An enjoyable hobby to educate my patients was all it was intended to be. My idea spread to other physicians. My associates started making up their own patient information sheets using mine as a guide. An accumulation of instructional books and information about writing effectively kept me in the flame and improved my writing ability--even if it was just a hobby.
My younger brother encouraged me to test the waters of the medical publication world just for the heck of it. Joe Conn, editor of Modern Physician, felt sorry for me and agreed to publish a short article of mine in Modern Physician. I was hooked.
Being able to publish ezines, newsletters, and e-books on the Internet has opened another great opportunity for me to continue to help other doctors using the knowledge both medical and business related which I have accumulated over all those years. Many of my medical articles are being published in the article directories, primarily in ezinearticles.com, and at www.SelfGrowth.com. My articles are all reviewed and approved by the ezine editors for acceptable, credible, and valuable content......no useless info allowed.
Medical professional educational articles published on marketing a medical practice.com never get any better than what you'll find on this site.
It's hard to quit!—being productive, that is.
Somehow the thought of listing my credentials, medical and social organizations I belong to (and have belonged to), and other awards just doesn't seem appropriate here.
If you prefer a list, I'll be glad to send you one—no problem! You can also have a copy of my CV if that's important to you or click here.
discovery of one's purpose in
life should be something that
comes to us early in life.
Even if you become aware of
your purpose early, the
process can later create
confusion when you discover
that there's more than one
purpose you have and own.
can learn to recognize the
opportunities that open the
doors to our ultimate
fulfillment by feeding our
minds with the right
intellectual foods along the
way, then the driving
motivation we feel inside
Curt Graham, M.D.