BackTable / VI / Podcast / Episode #385
Early (and Ongoing) Challenges in the OBL
with Dr. Donald Garbett
In this episode of BackTable, Dr. Christopher Beck and Dr. Aaron Fritts explore the benefits of transitioning to an office-based Lab (OBL) with guest Dr. Donald Garbett.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2023, November 17). Ep. 385 – Early (and Ongoing) Challenges in the OBL [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Donald Garbett
Dr. Donald Garbett is a practicing Vascular and Interventional Radiologist at Minimally Invasive Specialists in Eugene, Oregon.
Dr. Christopher Beck
Dr. Chris Beck is a practicing interventional radiologist with Regional Radiology Group in New Orleans.
Dr. Aaron Fritts
Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, Texas.
The conversation first delves into common challenges faced by interventional radiologists (IRs) in the hospital setting, including administrative issues, overwork, and burnout. We also discuss the risk of skillset erosion that many IRs face due to increased demands on IRs to compensate for staffing issues at the mid-level provider level.
Dr. Garbett shares his experience transitioning to an OBL, highlighting the advantages of enhanced autonomy and satisfaction. He also notes key features of his OBL structure, such as referral patterns and partnerships. Through this discussion, the importance of establishing a clear understanding of financial aspects and partnership requirements with the entire team before starting an OBL is emphasized.
We also discuss the immense value of visiting other OBLs prior to establishing your own, as you can gain crucial advice, new perspectives, and a more comprehensive understanding of the process. In regards to something he wished he had known prior to his venture, Dr. Garnet emphasizes the significant amount of personal time commitment setting up and managing an OBL takes. While he believes he would have done it all over again due to the various benefits, it is an important consideration to keep in mind.
The conversation also touches on the non-financial benefits of OBLs, underscoring how the sense of autonomy, efficiency, and having your time respected greatly contributes to overall job satisfaction. Dr. Garbett notes that even if an OBL is cost-neutral for his group, the positive aspects make the transition worthwhile.
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