Physician Burnout - NHS wants you to turn your colleagues in

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Is this an appropriate response to physician burnout in GP's in the British NHS?

The National Health Service is a classic toxic work environment for GP's - with an administration that is singularly out to lunch.

The NHS could recognize the scope of the problem and the importance of GP health to the quality of the service they provide to the nation ... but no. As physician burnout runs rampant in practices and news headlines across the land ... they double down on blaming the victim.

Now the Doncaster Local Medical Committee (LMC) has installed a web page where GP's can report each other to the authorities for symptoms of burnout

Oh My God ... what a slippery slope.

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Tags: Physician burnout, burnout in GP's, British NHS

The Four Causes of Physician Burnout Video Training

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The Four Causes of Physician Burnout - Video Training

In my work with  hundreds of overstressed and burned out physicians I have discovered four main sources of the stress that causes physician burnout.

Even though we added a fifth cause to the list just recently, these four main sources are the ones you really have to watch out for.

ln the video training below I will show you these four distinct patterns - together they reveal the core causes of the modern physician burnout epidemic.

NOTE: This video is just one of the 19 video mini-trainings in our Burnout Proof Mobile APP.

CLICK HERE  to learn more and download your copy



Which one of these physician burnout causes is the one  you run into most often?
How do you keep your energy levels up in the face of these stressors?
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Tags: Physician burnout, causes of physician burnout, physician burnout causes

The world's first Physician Burnout Prevention Mobile APP

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The world's first Physician Burnout Prevention Mobile APP 

What if you could have all the following at your fingertips 24/7

  • Short video trainings on the causes of burnout - so you can fill the hole in your medical education
  • Short video trainings on our top 14 burnout prevention tools
  • Audios for sitting and walking meditation (3, 5 and 10 minutes long)
  • Instant relaxation with guided imagery audios - body scan, magic bubble, the lake, the garden and more
  • Handouts for 11 of the training videos that turn them into mini trainings for your entire team

That's exactly what we have packed into our Burnout Proof Mobile APP

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Tags: Physician burnout, prevent physician burnout, physician burnout app

Physician Burnout - Avoiding the Frog in the Pot Syndrome

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout - Avoiding the Frog in the Pot Syndrome

You have heard the "frog in the pot" story ... yes?

  • If you drop a frog in boiling water, it jumps out
  • If you put a frog in cool water and heat it slowly, pretty soon you have a dead frog in a boiling pot of water

It works the same way for many over stressed physicians.

Here is how you know YOU are a frog in a boiling pot (and three ways to prevent it in the future)

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Tags: Physician burnout, just say no, frog in the pot

Prevent Physician Burnout - three proven tools

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Where can you turn for field-tested tools to prevent physician burnout?

If you search the internet for help, often all you see is "list articles".  

You know the ones. They usually have a title something like, "17 things doctors can do to prevent burnout". Then you look and the tools are things like

  • Get more sleep
  • Count your blessings
  • Don't forget to have more fun
  • Volunteer
  • Learn something new
    (BTW, these are real examples, some from the AMA website no less)

Now that kind of advice is fine. BUT, they never tell you how to do these things or where to find the time in the first place. As a full time executive coach working with hundreds of physician clients I can tell you this for sure - if these are the only steps you take ... your stress levels and burnout risk won't budge.

Most likely these so-called tools will make things worse because you will blame yourself when nothing changes.

Let's get you some real tools, tested and proven effective in the real world by hundreds of physicians like you. First I have some questions for you ...

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Tags: Physician burnout

Physician Leadership can cause Physician Burnout

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Poor Physician Leadership is a cause of Physician Burnout

A new study provides evidence for a direct link between the physician leadership skills of your boss and your level of physician burnout and satisfaction.

In this article we will dissect the study and look at an even worse scenario than a bad boss - yes it can get even worse.

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Tags: Physician leadership and physician burnout

Physician Burnout - don't let ICD-10 be your tipping point

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout - don't let ICD-10 tip you over the edge

There are plenty of signs that a significant number of physicians are walking on the edge of a cliff at work. If you look at this year's Medscape Physicians Lifestyle Survey, 46% of those 19,000 doctors are already suffering from burnout symptoms. Even more are on the verge.

Will ICD-10 be the tipping point in your practice?

Experts tell me that ICD-10 could mean an hour or more extra work in your day starting October 1st. I am very suspicious you don't have that kind of time just lying around in your practice.

In this post I will show you why I think ICD-10 may be the tipping point for many physicians - and what you can do now to avoid that fate.

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Tags: Physician burnout, the tipping point, ICD-10 Implementation, ICD-10

The Lane County Medical Society Physician Wellness Program

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

A tragic cluster of physician suicides + a medical society with an extraordinary CEO = a community based and funded physician wellness program that is attracting national attention

What can you do when multiple physician suicides strike your local medical community?

If you are Candace Barr, CEO of the Lane County (Oregon) Medical Society, you build and fund a local Physician Wellness and Crisis Intervention Program. I consider this to be a Best Practice for a community organized and funded physician wellness program. Please read on to learn more.

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Physician Burnout - too much of a good thing?

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout and "Good Stress"

At every live training, I ask the group, "How would you describe the difference between stress and physician burnout?" Someone always musters a really hopeful look and chimes in with ...

"Well, stress can be good sometimes, right?"

The short answer is, "Yes".

Its what they are hoping I will say - as if those three letters will make everything better. As if that answer will make burnout go away, so we don't have to talk about it today. Talking about it would make it impossible to ignore. That is uncomfortable when you finally realize you are walking the cliff edge (see below).

That "Yes" begs another question:

If there is such a thing as "good stress",
then what goes wrong when stress gets tipped over into physician burnout?

Let's examine the answer to that question in today's blog post.

  • Let me show you a graph that shows the bell shaped curve mapping the relationship between stress and performance
  • I will also show you the cliff edge most doctors are walking that explains the high prevalence of physician burnout
  • And why you always have to be on the lookout for your last straw

Stress and Performance

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Tags: Physician burnout, good stress

Stop Physician Burnout - Building a better day off

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Stop Physician Burnout - building a better day off

How many times have you looked forward to a day off work - a nirvana of rest, relaxation, recuperation, leisure, pleasure and la dolce vita?

And instead you ended up just powering through the list of busy work around the house you've been saving up for weeks ...

Catch up on the laundry, clean the house, balance the checkbook, do your taxes, hit the grocery store, mow your lawn, get a haircut ... and fall into a heap at the end of the day feeling no less rested than when you left work yesterday.

That's a crappy day off

Actually it is not a day off at all. It is just another day on a different punch list. It's another day on a different hamster wheel.  And it does not have to be that way.

Here are four steps to transform your days off from catch-up marathons or a haze of simple recuperation -  to true life balance. 



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Tags: Physician burnout, work life balance, day off, vacation