If Dr. Seuss wrote your Advanced Directive - MUST SEE

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Here is a funny, sweet, heartfelt, rhyming Advanced Directive written in the style of Theodor Geisel -- AKA Dr. Seuss

Please invest 5:27 right now in watching this lovely, lovely experience

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Tags: dr seuss, advanced directives

Quadruple Aim FAIL Diary: How to Sabotage Your Physician Wellness Program From the Start

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Quadruple Aim FAIL Diary:
How to Sabotage Your Physician Wellness Program From the Start

Healthcare's new Quadruple Aim recognizes happy, healthy patients can only come from happy healthy doctors. Quadruple Aim leaders understand that taking better care of your doctors is mandatory for successful organizations in the future.

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If you are a quadruple aim leader and step up to the plate to launch a wellness intervention of any kind
-- BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT YOUR NEXT DECISION !

90% of physician leaders fall into a blind spot our leadership skill set and sabotage their wellness programs from the start. Don't let this be you.

Even the best of intentions will fail if you don't understand this physician-specific blind spot before you launch your project

In this article - let me show you three key learning points critical to the success of any physician wellness project.

  • This physician leadership blind spot 
  • The decision that will sabotage even your best intentions - and how to avoid it
  • A case study of a Mindfulness Program FAIL that illustrates this concept perfectly

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Tags: physician wellness, physician leadership, physicain burnout

Physician Burnout and the Brain Changes of the Eeyore Effect

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout and the Brain Changes of the Eeyore Effect

Have you ever noticed how everything changes when you are exhausted, burned out or in a foul mood? Even little things get under your skin, you get stuck in traffic, spill coffee on your white shirt, forget your reading glasses ... it all happens on the same day and it is distinctly crazy-making. Have you ever experienced that?

I call it the Eeyore Effect

In this article let me show you the latest functional MRI brain research on the basis of the Eeyore Effect and and give you an extremely simple way to turn it all around.

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Tags: stop physician burnout, functional mri, eeyore

PODCAST - The Root Causes of Physician Burnout

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

PODCAST - The Root Causes of Physician Burnout

 Here is a podcast with the talented John Jurica MD at The VITAL Physician Executive at this link. 

We discussed:
1. The scope of our activities beyond publishing The Happy MD blog and website;
2. How the Quadruple Aim is not being realized;
3. A working definition of physician burnout;
4. How coaching has helped thousands of physicianssalvage their clinical careers;
5. Five root causes of physician burnout;
6. Three burnout myths;
7. The first steps to take to eliminate burnout.

CLICK the Play Button to Start Listening

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Tags: stop physician burnout

The Battle for the Quadruple Aim - Its 3 on 1 and the Outcome Is Unclear

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The Battle for the Quadruple Aim - It's 3 on 1 and the Outcome Is Unclear

The Quadruple Aim is a simple, common sense concept that goes like this:

Quality patient care is based on the health and wellbeing of the human beings providing that care ... the doctors and staff. 

I know ... you are probably saying "Duh" right now. It seems like such an obvious statement of fact ... right? And it is such an obvious antidote to physician burnout.

I must admit I  had a naive assumption that this concept would take off like a rocket after the first article in Annals of Family Medicine in 2015. And it has not. 

The Quadruple Aim is actually a radical notion in the healthcare industry for three distinct reasons I will show you below.

The battle lines are drawn and the forces are in raging conflict in C-suites and Board Rooms across the globe.

Unfortunately the outcome is in doubt at this point in time.

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Tags: stop physician burnout, quadruple aim, triple aim

The Patient's Problem List is NOT a List of Problems - Physician Burnout is Not A Problem Either

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The Patient’s Problem List is NOT a List of Problems -  - Physician Burnout is Not A Problem Either !

The beginning of all wisdom starts by calling things by their right name. ~ Confucius

Healthcare's Pervasive Misuse of the Word "PROBLEM"

The patient’s Problem List is NOT a list of problems at all.

As a matter of fact, when you see a patient for a true problem, the last thing you would do is enter that onto their Problem List.

In this blog post, let me show why every item on the Problem List is something other than a problem -- and the extremely valuable physician burnout lesson we can learn by correcting this extremely common mistake.

Learn …

  • Why “PROBLEM” – is perhaps the most frequently mis-used word in the English language
  • How to avoid the futile search for a solutions when none exist
  • The true nature – and real name – of these non-problems
  • Where to focus your energy and brain power to address them successfully
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Tags: physician burnout prevention, stop physician burnout, dilemma, problem list

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

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