When opportunity knocks, it sometimes takes the guise of free time. In the case of Zachary Fridirici, M.D., recognizing that led to a brainstorm that is offering mutual benefit to health systems as they go live with EHR systems and a growing cadre of medical students and residents who are helping that process while earning some welcome income at the same time.

Fridirici, currently a resident in otolaryngology at Loyola University Health System in Chicago, is also the founder of MedDocLive, which uses medical students and resident physicians to help nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians, learn some of the intricacies of EHR systems at the time of deployment. Fridirici says he originally got the idea in 2009 while he was a project manager for Epic Systems, when he noticed medical students at a customer site were incredibly quick to pick up the system.

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