There are many things to plan for when establishing a new practice, joining an existing one, or returning to practice after an absence or disability, inactive practice, or change in scope of practice. There are licences to acquire, facilities to be chosen, agreements to be signed, announcements to be made, and a multitude of other associated tasks to complete.
In addition to this, a physician must also consider how he or she will transfer records
safely, establish healthy patient-physician relationships
, and advertise available services in a professional and ethical manner. A physician should also consider what arrangements would be made to ensure continuity of care
in case of emergency closure
, or should the practice cease to be active, or in the case of unsolvable patient-physician and/or physician-physician differences.
The College's Establishing Practice Guide
(currently under review) will provide you with a general framework to help ensure a smooth transition towards your new practice.