How to Prevent Physician Burnout as Simply as Possible

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
~ Albert Einstein

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Physician Burnout - Praying for a one-step solution is human nature and a trap!

One of the key features of physician burnout - or any supremely uncomfortable life circumstance - is a desire to run away, escape, make the pain stop. When you are deep in the downward spiral, your mind drops to its knees and prays for a simple, one-step solution to the agony and despair.

We ask basic questions like:

  1. What can I do to fix/stop/solve this?
  2. How long will it take?

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Because our questions are simple, we assume a simple answer will come to our rescue.

That is the first mistake - especially if you are a physician leader looking to prevent physician burnout at a system level. 

We almost always ask the wrong questions.

In this blog post, let me show you the simplest way possible to prevent physician burnout in any healthcare organization that employs physicians. I promise to make it as simple as possible for you, but no simpler. 

THREE KEY DISTINCTIONS

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Physician Leaders Guide - How to lead when everyone is exhausted

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician leaders understand COVID-19 is a unique type of disaster.

Instead of a POINT crisis and a recovery; like a 

  • Tornado / Hurricane
  • Flood
  • Terrorist attack

... where you get a KaBoom, an acute crisis and a recovery over days to weeks. You know, the kinds of disasters we have drills for, the ones we have code names for.

This pandemic is a series of slow tidal waves, overwhelming everything and everyone for weeks at a time as the wave hits, only to return months later and do it again. 

Sheer fatigue, exhaustion, even a sense of helplessness and hopelessness are common for you and your care team. 

All of us can rally and unite in response to an acute crisis. All hands on deck!

But how do you continue to lead and remain a high performance team for weeks and months on end when the tide of illness refuses to recede?

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New Year's Resolutions Do Not Work - Here's what can

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

That magical time of the year, when we all make resolutions we know we won't keep.

Here's the rub:

  • Everyone wants to change something
  • Very few go further than the magical thinking exercise of the "New Year's Resolution". 

You are probably in that frame of mind right now.

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A Resolution without an Action Plan is a Pipe Dream, Wishful Thinking, a Fib and a Fable.

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Physicians On Purpose Podcast 003 What is Burnout

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physicians on Purpose Podcast 003
What Is "Physician Burnout"

  • The 3 Cardinal Signs of Physician Burnout
  • The words that Little Voice in your head will whisper to you when you are in the downward spiral.
  • Gender Differences in Burnout
  • How to reach out to a Colleague in Distress

You must be able to recognize the beast BEFORE you can smell his breath.

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The Danger Inherent in "The Patient Comes First"

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The primary risk to all Lightworkers is built into our first Prime Directive.

Healthcare's Prime Directive #1:

The patient comes first

In this blog post:

  • Let me show you the nature of this fundamental risk
  • The toll it takes on all healthcare workers
  • An image that captures this dynamic in a way you won't forget
  • And a tool to recharge we have proven effective in our physician coaching practice.

Tags: stop physician burnout, Covid19

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