ZDoggMD's Take on EHR

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

ZdoggMD's Take on the EHR

Sometimes all you can do is sing. Classic and worth the watch.

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Tags: Physician burnout, emr, ehr

Physician Burnout - EMR Shaming has to STOP

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout - EMR Shaming Has to STOP

Every time I survey a group of physicians asking, "What are the top three stressors in your practice day?" ... EMR and other documentation issues ALWAYS make the list. This is true regardless of specialty without exception. 

EMR is a slave to Big Data, designed by people who have never seen a patient and it is a huge cause of physician burnout in a significant number of doctors.

AND we can do a MUCH better job of helping our physicians clear the EMR hurdle in their day if we STOP SHAMING the people who struggle the most.

Here is a common practice scenario for a burned out physician who comes to us for coaching.

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Tags: Physician burnout, emr, electronic medical records

No more time-wasting meetings - the Guerrilla Facilitator's Manual

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Remember the last really lousy meeting you had to sit through?

You have a whole pile of work back in your office, but you are stuck here in yet another soul sucking meeting that is going absolutely nowhere.

Poorly run meetings are incredibly common in healthcare and a MAJOR cause of burnout in physician leaders - especially if you are a "straddle leader" with both clinical and leadership roles. 

Wouldn't it be great if you could stop the downward spiral and get the meeting back on track - even if you aren't the person running it??

Let us show you how to save any meeting from the back of the room with the "Guerrilla Facilitator's Manual".

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Tags: guerilla facilitators manual, meeting facilitation

3 Keys to Building a Better Day Off - Video Training

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

3 Keys to Building a Better Day Off

If your work is stressful, a day off should be a way to recharge and an oasis of rest and rejuvenation ... right?

How often are your days off simply playing catch up on a different punch list, punctuated by frustrating calls from the office or hospital? Let me show you some ways to ensure you are not doing laundry, mowing the lawn or  answering nurses questions on your day off.

In this short video, you will learn three essentials to building the highest quality day off possible. When you do these three things it will transform your day off into the oasis you are seeking. 

I even include what to say to the office or hospital if they call you on your day off - so they never call you again. 

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Tags: physician burnout video, physician work life balance, better day off

18 Silly ICD-10 Codes

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

ICD-10 launch has come and gone and we all survived

Fortunately the silliness continues. Here are some Monty Python worthy ICD-10 codes for your enjoyment along with some curious holes in ICD-10 we cannot explain. In fact, the sillier this gets, the more you realize ICD-10 is not nearly as comprehensive as it truly needs to be. ;-)

(this post is adapted from this post at Medical Economics)


18 Silly ICD-10 Codes

- Bitten by a cow - W55.21

There are no references to any injuries from bulls. How do the Pamplona ER docs cope with this shocking oversight.

- Pecked by a chicken - W61.33
- Struck by a Macaw - W61.12

There are also references to parrot induced injuries (bite or collision with) but no references to roosters, peacocks, ostriches or parakeets. The catch all "other bird" catagory must suffice. 

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Tags: ICD-10 Implementation, ICD-10

ICD-10 and the most interesting man in the world

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The Most Interesting Man in the world speaks ICD-10

Here in the week after implementation of ICD-10 is what the most interesting man in the world has to say ...

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Tags: Physician burnout, ICD-10 Implementation, ICD-10

Physician Life Balance - our Top Three Tools

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Life Balance -  Here are our Top Three Tools

In our work with thousands of doctors we have created, tested and refined many tools to reverse the downward spiral of physician burnout. In this article we will show you our Top Three Tools to build the life balance you are craving.

  1. The Schedule HACK
  2. Bucket List Secrets
  3. Quick NO, Slow YES

Before we begin it is essential you understand first that Physician Burnout is NOT a Problem

It is a DILEMMA of the highest order requiring a coordinated STRATEGY to address your specific matrix of stress sources. Your strategy is a group of 3 - 5 tools you hand select from the four parts of the burnout prevention MATRIX.

De-stressing your Practice is Step One

Once you learn how to get home sooner, you can move to Step Two:

Build More Life Balance

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Tags: Physician burnout, work life balance, life balance, just say no, physician work life balance

Physician burnout, stress and performance - Video Training

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The Relationship Between Physician Burnout, Stress and Performance - Video Training

In the Burnout Proof Live Training I always field the question, "Isn't stress a good thing too?". Here's the answer ...

It depends

Stress can motivate or destroy performance. It can drive a physician to do the best for their patients becoming the personification of the Hippocratic Oath ... or leave them curled on the floor in the fetal position too burned out to take another step. It does all of these things depending on where you are on the Stress vs. Performance Curve.

Here is a short video training on the relationship between Physician Burnout, Stress and Performance


The stress versus performance curve has massive implications for physician leaders.

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Tags: Physician burnout, prevent physician burnout, physician burnout video, physician stress, good stress, physician performance, stress management for physicians

The Creative Destruction of Physician Burnout – a Four Step Path to Engagement

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The Creative Destruction of Physician Burnout – a Four Step Path to Engagement

By Dike Drummond MD

In this article we will demonstrate why the epidemic of physician burnout is the single largest negative influence on your organization’s culture, performance and profitability.

We will then show you a promising four part intervention that can lower burnout rates and create a culture of support and engagement.


The prevalence of physician burnout

The prevalence of physician burnout has been exhaustively studied in all major specialties and in most first world nations over the last three decades. Here is a telling quote from one of the key researchers:

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Tags: Physician burnout, physician engagement

Body Scan Guided Imagery - whole body virtual massage

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Body Scan Guided Imagery - listen or download

One of the challenges for physicians when we are off work ... is to turn the Doctor completely off ... let it all go and come all the way home.

Really, how often do you find yourself physically at home yet your mind is still fighting the demons in your practice - labs, paperwork, patients, production ... ?

When that happens you can't begin to recharge. Your worries are still draining you despite the fact that the office or hospital is miles away.

What would it be like to relax completely like this baby or this bulldog - really let it all go? When you come all the way home, leaving thoughts of work at work, only then can you begin to make deposits in your energy accounts.

Guided Imagery is a great way to unplug completely

The Body Scan is a virtual whole body massage - listen or download this MP3 below

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Tags: Physician burnout, mbsr, guided imagery, body scan