Stop Physician Burnout: How SHIT HAPPENS Inside a Healthcare Bureaucracy (humor)

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician burnout, the employed physician and the occasional insanity of bureaucracy

Have you ever looked at the announcement of a new policy or workflow from your employer and wondered where do these ideas that make no sense come from ?

You know the policies I am talking about ...

The one where you look at what you are being asked to do -- and actually mumble out loud, "What were they thinking? Did anyone even talk to a doctor when this policy was put together?"
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We have stumbled upon what appears to be the Origin Story for this category of silly commands-from-on-high.

It's a leadership version of the old "telephone game" (Chinese whispers) that is called THE PLAN. I have yet to find a citation for its author.

As you read this, please remember it is supposed to be funny ... OK?

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Tags: employed physician, stop physician burnout

Stop Physician Burnout - How to Get a Scribe - the Claw Back method

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Stop Physician Burnout - How to Get a Scribe

EMR and documentation join physician burnout as another DILEMMA in the life of physicians. There is no solution/cure/fix/magic pill to make your documentation chores disappear, what is needed is a strategy to get your charts done and get you home at a reasonable hour. 

In addition to templates, batch processing, Dragon and perhaps even a "super MA" -- one powerful component of your documentation strategy could be a Medical Scribe.

In this post let me show you how to get a scribe, even if you have been told you can't have one before. This method has never failed in my experience if you follow the steps below.

(Download the Quick Take and Action Plan Here)

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Tags: medical scribe, stop physician burnout, emr strategy, get a scribe

Physician Burnout -  MGMA Staffing Averages are a Primary Cause

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

How did the overwhelm in the trenches of patient care get to be so pervasive?

In this article, let me show you a hidden management thought pattern that creates abusive levels of understaffing in the majority of organizations every day.

This faulty line of reasoning is a massive LOSE:LOSE  for both the doctors and their employers and an enabler of toxic work environments - UNTIL NOW.

(Download the Quick Take and Action Plan Here)

 

Now, for the first time we have clear evidence of the damage MGMA staffing ratios cause. Now we have evidence that staffing up to handle the modern workload of patient care is good for everyone. 

In this article let me show you the "stinkin' thinkin'" that causes the overload and an evidence based way forward to appropriate levels of staffing.

HINT: These new and much more productive staffing levels will ALWAYS be above the MGMA average and your CFO will love the results too! 

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Tags: causes of physician burnout, mgma staffing ratios, physician overwhelm

Physician Wellness - What is the Level of Expertise in Your Organization

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Wellness - What is the Level of Expertise in Your Organization?

In this post let me show you two important new developments in the prevention of physician burnout.

1) The definition of Five Levels of Expertise in Physician Wellbeing as proposed by Tait Shanafelt et al in an important new study.

2) A new way for your organization to leap frog to LEVEL FIVE in a single step.

Take a look at the table below and LEAVE A COMMENT telling us the level of your organization's expertise in preventing physician burnout.

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Tags: physician wellness, stop physician burnout, quadruple aim

Stop Physician Burnout - Doctors and Money - End the Worrying Now

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Stop Physician Burnout - how to eliminate money worries and deal with money problems in a single step

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Financial worries are stressful enough to be an actual cause of physician burnout for many doctors. In this short video let me show you

  • The difference between Money Worries and Money Problems. All doctor worry about money and some of us have money problems. Let's look at the difference between the two and how you solve both.
  • And the Key Members of the Money Team every doctor must have 

Learn this and much more in the short video below:

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Tags: stop physician burnout, physician financial advisors, physicians and money

The Physician's 2018 Breakthrough Process - one hour to make 2018 your best year yet

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

In about one hour, answering these 10 questions can make 2018 your best year yet

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In large part, your happiness in 2018 depends on the following thought experiment …

Imagine it is actually 12 months from now ... it is Christmas of NEXT Year ...
as you look back on your 2018 ...
you break out in a grin of satisfaction ... 
and say to yourself ... "wow, what a year" ...

What is driving this warm, happy feeling?

  • What are the successes of 2017 (this year) you have been able to build on?
  • What have you changed / accomplished / experienced / let go of in the year 2018?
  • What are the old problems/challenges you have been able to solve - or simply let go of -for the first time?

What would it take to make 2018 YOUR Best Year Yet?

Take a single hour now to fill out the Physician's 2018 Breakthrough Process Worksheet -- and watch the difference it makes ...

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Physician Burnout and the Light-at-the-End-of-the-Tunnel Illusion

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout and the Light-at-the-End-of-the-Tunnel Illusion

"I'm just hoping there is a light at the end of this tunnel"

I know you've heard the little voice in your head say that before. Me too. Happens to all of us from time to time.

These thoughts come up when you are slogging away day after day --  with no visible end to this struggle in sight. You have been going at this issue for a while now, your energy is drained and your inner pessimist comes out. It is extremely common in overwhelmed doctors when you are dancing on the cliff edge of physician burnout.

(Download the Quick Take and Action Plan Here)



I want you to know something very important ...

There Is No Tunnel !
It is an illusion caused by Einstein's Insanity Trap.

As long as you keep doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result ... it will appear you are stuck in a long dark tunnel.  The more you do the same things over and over - the longer and darker the tunnel becomes. Your energy, drive and hope are drained and you wonder whether things will ever get better.

Let me show how this mind trick keeps us all stuck and some specific steps you can take to shatter this Tunnel Illusion and free yourself.

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Tags: einsteins insanity, stop physician burnout, the light at the end of the tunnel

Physician's New ADL's -  Your Activities of Daily Leadership

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician's New ADL's -  Your Activities of Daily Leadership

When you are a master of your basic ADL's - life is easier.

When you master the Activities of Daily Leadership - your practice gets easier too.

In this blog post, let me show you a next-level set of tools to stop working so hard, get home sooner and prevent physician burnout. The key is simple leadership skills performed on purpose every day. 

(Download the Quick Take and Action Plan Here)


Every physician I have ever met works too hard.

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Tags: physician leadership, ADLs, Activities of Daily Leadership

Stop Physician Burnout - a Hole in the Sidewalk Shows a Way Out of Einstein's Insanity Trap

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Change is difficult, grinding work for most people - physicians are no exception. This hole in the sidewalk may make it easier for you this week.

Physician burnout is clearly an example where our professional inertia makes change extremely difficult for most doctors.  In this blog post let me show you a different way of looking at change that is likely to make things easier for you. 

I suspect you will get an "AHA" here that can result in a permanent shift in your attitude and ability to make changes in your life. The poem below is that powerful for many people. It all has to do with that big hole in the sidewalk.

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A Quadruple Aim update for the Hippocratic Oath

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

A Quadruple Aim update for the Hippocratic Oath

The Declaration of Geneva is the modern successor to the ancient Hippocratic Oath. It was first adopted by the World Medical Association (WMA) at its second General Assembly in 1948.

In the subsequent 70 years there have been only minimal amendments until just two weeks ago - October 14th, 2017 at the WMA General Assembly in Chicago.

For the first time the pledge adds a requirement for doctors to attend to their own health, well-being and abilities in order to provide the best care to our patients.

This language was added:

I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.

This new wording is meant to acknowledge the impact of physician burnout on patient care and be a tangential mention of the Quadruple Aim. But just hold on a second ...

Is this also a form of blaming the victim?

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Tags: quadruple aim, hippocratic oath, declaration of geneva

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