Instructional Course - Requires Course Pass, Additional Registration Required

Instructional Course

003IC - Introduction to the Business of Medicine: A Primer for Young Urologists & Residents

Friday, May 18
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: MCC WEST, 2006

Understanding the business of medicine is a daunting task for many young urologists and residents who have spent the last several years of their lives focused on learning pathophysiology and management of urological disease. However, upon entering independent practice, individuals are quickly confronted with a host of new issues related to running a practice. Oftentimes they are poorly equipped for these challenges. A basic understanding of physician compensation, coding and billing, healthcare finance, contract negotiation, process improvement, and a working knowledge of the value chain will serve to optimally position urologists for success early in their careers. This course will provide the learner with a foundational understanding of these topics. While not intended to be all-encompassing, participants will be able to build off of what they learn in this course to better understand the rapidly changing business environment that is urology, and healthcare in general.

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John S. Lam

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

John Stephen Lam, MD, MBA, FACS is a partner with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Dr. Lam was was born in Detroit and raised in Michigan. He graduated with Honors in Biology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Lam earned his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan and was chosen to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health (HHMI-NIH) Research Scholars Program. He subsequently completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in urology at the J. Bentley Squier Urological Clinic under the direction of Dr. Carl A. Olsson at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Lam then completed a fellowship in urologic oncology accredited by the Society of Urologic Oncology and a fellowship in endourology and minimally invasive surgery both at UCLA Medical Center, where he also served as Clinical Instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine and gained extensive experience in clinical/translational research. Dr. Lam also received his MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and completed the Executive Program in Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Dr. Lam currently serves as the Medical Staff President at Kaiser Foundation Hospital-Woodland Hills, and also serves on the Credentials and Privileges, Government Relations, Medical Executive, and Surgical Services Peer Review committees. He also holds a clinical faculty appointment at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and devotes time to the education of residents. Dr. Lam is the current President of the Los Angeles Urological Society and the Urology Delegate for the California Medical Association. Dr. Lam is the author or co-author of more than 150 journal publications, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr. Lam maintains a busy practice with a focus on urologic oncology and minimally invasive approaches.


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Matthew Christman

Chair, AUA Young Urologists Committee
Naval Medical Center San Diego
Naval Medical Center San Diego; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


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Jonathan E. Perley

Jonathan E. Perley MD is the Medical Director of California Urology, a Southern California based practice. He completed his training at UT Houston/MD Anderson in 2001 and moved to California to join his father in practice. As Medical Director, he continues the lineage of a practice that has existed over 40 years. For 15 years he has served as volunteer faculty at Harbor UCLA. Dr. Perley has grown his private practice and is fluent in the insurance "alphabet". He has branched out and is President of the Greater Long Beach Surgery Center for the last 7 years, a venture he organized and initiiated that is now 20 physician owners strong. Three years ago, he has also organized and intitiated Pacific Litho, a Southern California based lithotripsy venture that is also 20 urologists strong. He came up with the notion of educating residents almost 10 years ago when he saw the rapid and dynamic changes in healthcare. He piloted and has continued a paneled lecture at the Western Section on the business of medicine geared for the resident and fellow. The lecture focuses not only on the changing business landscape, but on practical considerations like selecting the right job. Dr. Perley is well versed in the business of medicine, particularly in Urology, and hopes to bring his knowledge, perspective and vision to the young urologist.


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Kyle A. Richards

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kyle A. Richards MD, FACS is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Urology. He is a health services researcher, a practicing urologic oncologist, and Chief of Urology at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. He has a special interest in the care of patients with bladder cancer and works to improve the quality of care for these patients. He has a unique practice setting being employed by both the state of Wisconsin and the Federal government. He is an active leader in the young urology community as the Vice Chair of the Young Urology Committee of the North Central Section of the AUA and the North Central Section representative for the AUA Young Urology Committee. He also serves the AUA as an AUA advisor to the RUC (RVU Update Committee).


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