Episode 58: Optimizing Patient Visits, Efficiency and Delegation in Clinical Practice

Welcome to Episode 58 of the Sustainable Clinical Medicine Podcast. In this episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Dr. Adam Stewart, a comprehensive family doctor known for his passion and expertise in efficiency and self-management materials for patients.

Dr. Stewart shares valuable insights on delegation, empowering staff, optimizing patient visits, and the use of technology to streamline healthcare workflows. Join us as we delve into the strategies and techniques that Dr. Stewart has developed over his nearly 15 years of practice in a small rural town in Ontario, and gain inspiration for redesigning your own clinical day for sustainability and efficiency.

Here are 3 key takeaways from this episode:

1️⃣    Delegation Maximizes Potential: Dr. Stewart emphasizes the significance of delegating tasks according to staff members' value of time and training them to work to their maximum potential, thus optimizing clinic workflow and efficiency.

2️⃣     Empowering Autonomy Boosts Morale: Giving staff autonomy, mastery, and purpose in their roles can lead to increased job satisfaction and clinic morale, ultimately contributing to sustainable and enjoyable clinical practice.

3️⃣     Evaluating Time and Tasks: Tracking time in patient appointments, assessing staff roles, and comparing time tracking against revenue can help healthcare professionals understand the value of time and optimize workflows for greater efficiency.


Dr. Adam Stewart Bio

Dr. Adam Stewart is a rural family physician who offers comprehensive primary care. He is part of the Central Hastings Family Health Team (CHFHT). He received his Bachelor of Science (Hon.) in Physiology from the University of Western Ontario where he also completed his medical degree and family medicine residency. Dr. Stewart joined the CHFHT in July of 2009. He was the Lead Physician at CHFHT from 2010-2012 and he resumed that role from September 2018 to October 2021

Dr. Stewart is passionate about EMR and digital health. He has presented at several conferences over the years regarding his innovative and advanced use of EMR technology.

For the first seven years of his career, Dr. Stewart also worked shifts in the Emergency Departments of local hospitals. In more recent years, Dr. Stewart has been developing his interests in EMR technology and practice efficiency, all the while maintaining a full time family medicine practice.

Dr. Stewart was a dedicated OMA Council Member via his role as an Executive of the Section of General and Family Practice from March 2017 until December 2020. He has served on other committees within the OMA. In 2021, Dr. Stewart was awarded the OMA’s “Section Service Award” in recognition of significant service to his specialty, medical profession, and the public.

Dr. Stewart was an OntarioMD Peer Leader from 2015 to 2020


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