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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 (SCPMG). Dr. Lam graduated with Honors in Biology from the University of Michigan. He earned his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine 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 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 completed a K30 Graduate Training Program in Translational Investigation. Dr. Lam 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 Past-President at Kaiser Foundation Hospital-Woodland Hills as well as the Credentials and Privileges, Government Relations, Medical Executive, and Surgical Services Peer Review committees. He is also a member of the SCPMG Regional Genitourinary Cancer Subcommittee and a member of the Legislative Forum. Dr. Lam holds a clinical faculty appointment at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and devotes time to the education of residents. He 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

Matthew Christman, MD, is a Commander in the U.S. Navy with 16 years of service. He is currently Associate Professor of Surgery with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and serves as the Urology Residency Program Director at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD). He completed his residency at NMCSD and proceeded on to fellowship in pediatric urology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Christman has research interests in pediatric urology, medical education, and healthcare quality, and he recently completed a Master of Engineering degree in Health Systems Engineering. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Urological Association Young Urologists Committee. He is a happily married father of three and enjoys coaching rec league soccer in San Diego.


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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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