The Floor Plan is Key to Productivity: Floor Plan Analysis to Ensure Great Results

Dr. Mark Tholen, The Floor Plan is Key to Productivity: Floor Plan Analysis to Ensure Great Results
Speaker: Dr. Mark Tholen
Category: Office Design
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: MP4 Video
The essential elements to general practice and specialty floor plans (and their differences) that result in optimal productivity and minimal physical staff stress are discussed.
  • 4.0 (1 Review)
  • Running Time: 1 hour
  • Released: 3/23/2023
  • Expiration Date: 3/23/2026
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Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 550.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

Certain dental specialties have very different design requirements compared to the needs of a general practice. Oral surgery, orthodontic, pediatric, prosthodontic, and sleep apnea practices need offices that have different patient flow configurations and different room configurations that minimize repetitive movement.

In this program, we will examine the essential elements to each of these specialty floor plans that result in optimal productivity and minimal physical staff stress.

Being able to assess whether a proposed floor plan is right for your practice is critical to your future success because the floor plan is key in being able to optimize productivity and minimize stress. The floor plan that works for you will incorporate all the principles of design which we will review in this section. Put your brain in gear and let’s diagnose your proposed floor plan!

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Participants will be able to: systematically analyze a floor plan for efficiencies and minimization of staff stress
  • Identify the critical elements of a g.p., orthodontic, pediatric, or surgical office.
  • List the appropriate sizing of each room or space of the office.
  • Understand how to communicate with an architect to rectify design deficiencies.
Description of Speaker:
Dr. Mark Tholen is the past CEO of the nation’s premier medical and dental architectural firm and the author of two books and many journal articles on medical and dental office design. He has been involved with the design and construction of over 3,000 offices.

Dr. Tholen is a graduate of the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio and holds an MBA from the University of Texas. He continues to design offices daily with his firm in Austin, Texas which won the 2018 Wells Fargo Office of the Year award, the 2020 ADA Office of the Year, and the 2021 ADA Best Remodeled Office of the Year.

In the past 12 months, the lecturer/speaker declare that they have had a financial interest, arrangement or affiliation within the field of dentistry or health care with the following: Adec and T.H.E Design.

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4.0  (1 Review)
 1 person would recommend this course to a friend.
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
it was good
User: endoguru00
Date: 1/1/2024
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
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To reap the full benefits of this CE course, the presenters (Howie Horrocks and Mark Dilatush) have agreed to create a marketing plan specifically tailored to your practice and your specific market area. Having your marketing plan printed and open while you view the course material, will greatly individualize your learning experience.
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