Physician EMR Strategy - five ways to get home sooner this week

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Prevent Physician Burnout with our five-part EMR & Documentation Strategy - Video Training

Any time you survey physicians on the workplace stresses that are causing physician burnout - EMR / EHR and documentation chores will be listed as three of the top five stressors. This happens for obvious reasons.

1) You were taught to diagnose and treat disease and take care of patients - not hunt and peck at a keyboard. You were never meant to be a master of data entry and fancy keystrokes, but somehow this has become a critically important aspect of your job. 

2) You think EMR is a Problem. It is not. It is another example of a Dilemma. Watch this video first to understand this fundamental distinction.

What you need is a Strategy to deal with your own personal EMR and Documentation challenges.

Watch the following video for our five-part EMR Strategy.

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Tags: Physician burnout, physician burnout video, emr, ehr, healthcare documentation

Physician Burnout is NOT a Problem

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout is NOT a Problem - Video Training

Nope. Physician burnout is a DILEMMA.

This is the fundamental reason burnout appears to be insoluble / unfixable / you just can't make it go away. 

Understanding the difference between a PROBLEM and a DILEMMA is key to you preventing your own burnout

Watch this video to learn how to deal with a Dilemma - so you can stop the magical thinking that physician burnout can be solved in a single step.

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A Quality Healthcare Administrator? - the Three Commandments

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

What makes a high quality Healthcare Administrator?

Let me show you the Three Commandments a Healthcare Administrator must follow to do a good job. They were buried in a recent online article and we believe they are vitally important principles to every healthcare delivery organization going forward.

These three principles are so simple, so powerful and so often consistently ignored. They apply equally to all physicians leaders.

Let's set the stage 

Let's start with three dynamics governing the relationship between physicians and administrators inside any healthcare delivery organization.

1) All good things flow from the physicians in the system

  • ALL income
  • ALL quality medical decisions regarding care for the patients
  • The very reason the organization exists in the first place ... caring for patients ... is performed and/or coordinated by the orders of physicians

It ALL flows from the doctors.

So it would make sense that a healthcare delivery organization would hire a group of the highest quality physicians and maintain a superb working relationship with them at all times. Yes?

2) Healthcare is a business. We need administrators.

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Tags: Physician burnout, healthcare administration, Healthcare administration best practice, physycian

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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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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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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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