Howie Chen, M.D.

 I practice comprehensive ophthalmology in Phoenix, Arizona.  Before starting my solo practice, I was told the safer thing to do was to join a big group.  I worked at a government job with the Indian Health Service, and then with a large multi specialty group.  In both of these situations I experienced frustrations with not having a voice in he way things were run- I was just a cog in the machine.  Although at first I was afraid to start my own practice because I had no business experience whatsoever, I quickly realized that it’s better to be your own boss and live with the rewards or consequences of your own decisions,  than someone else’s.  Despite what the press says about health care consolidation, going solo was the best decision I have made for my career- I actually look forward to going to work every day!  It is my hope that this blog will encourage more of you to do the same, and to provide practical real life experience to help you succeed.