One of the greatest benefits of the DPC movement is the collaboration among DPC physicians. Most independent physicians want to help other physicians be successful. In fact, mentorship and the culture of “rising tides raise all ships” has been fundamental to medical education throughout the history of medicine. A good mentor is someone who is enthusiastically willing to share their knowledge and expertise, provides guidance and constructive feedback and is successful in their own DPC practice.
There are many places to look for and find mentorship... a mini ‘business residency’ so to speak, starting right here at the DPCA. The DPC Alliance directory and DPC mapper can help you identify practices close to you. Email the docs near you, let them know your DPC plans/hopes and dreams, and offer to take them out to lunch or dinner to talk about DPC (be sure to pay for their meal; you will be getting invaluable help from them). You will be able to band together to potentially get improved local pricing, share tips and tricks, share vaccines and supplies, provide vacation coverage for each other, and give each other in-person support and encouragement.
Another great source of information are a number of the national DPC conferences. Nothing compares to being in a room with several hundred other people who all want to practice medicine this way. Meet as many of the other attendees and presenters as you can, and stay in touch with those who are doing DPC the way you want to do it, or who you just plain like. If you can’t go to the conferences in person, watch online presentations from past events of The DPC Summit or Docs4PatientCare and get in touch with presenters. Participate in the DPC Alliance slack group, and find people there, as well.
With conferences, the Alliance directory and the DPC mapper you can also seek out physicians who have practices that are similar to what you want to create. Do you want to build a practice with mainly uninsured? Mainly employees? Mainly pediatrics? All geriatrics? Do you want a micropractice, without employees? A large practice with multiple sites? Lots of procedures? Find doctors who have built a practice like what you want to do, and reach out to them.
DPC benefits from more and more doctors doing DPC, and you will find that most DPC docs are very willing to offer you their help and support. Remember that, once your DPC is successful, make sure to pay it forward and mentor others.
This article was originally created by a group of volunteer writers in September 2019. It may have been subsequently edited.