National Physician Suicide Awareness Day is 9-17. Here are great New Resources

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

New Resources to Prevent Physician Suicide from a Powerful New Coalition - Please Download and Share

Physician Suicide Awareness Day is September 17th, 2021

Tags: stop physician burnout, physician suicide


COVID-19 Poetry Expresses Lightworker's Rage at the Insanity of These Times

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

This is a poem written by a physician after reflecting on a veteran who died of gallstone pancreatitis because of the ICU bed shortage due to unvaccinated COVID-19 patients.

(image by @bozorgmehrhosseinpour)
Sometimes only poetry can express adequately.

Tags: stop physician burnout, Covid19


Is COVID + IDA an Existential Threat to Louisiana Doctors and All Healthcare Staff?

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

What could be worse than COVID 19 Wave Four in a State with a 41% vaccination rate?

How about a Cat 4 Hurricane slapped right across your face at the very same time.

My biggest fear is that this one-two punch will destroy the healthcare delivery system in New Orleans, the state of Louisiana and any other state in IDA's path.

The buildings may remain standing, my concern is the will of the people in the front lines.

Tags: Physician Burnout, Covid19


Feeling Disrespected by Your Current Employer? Take these Two Steps.

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Adversity does not build character ... it reveals it.

In the heat of the pandemic, physicians, nurses and all front line staff have revealed their character

    • In the face of complete chaos and overwhelm, you have doubled your efforts to make a difference. Day after day you run back into the battle - even when people call COVID a hoax and accuse you of lying just to make more money. 

    • In some cases you have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of your patients: the current COVID death count of US Healthcare workers stands at 3607 and some have taken their own life in the depths of despair over not being able to do more.

Adversity also reveals the character of your leaders, administrators and managers too.

These are the people who create the systems and culture of your workforce. Put them under stress and their character is revealed just as clearly as yours.  

How are your leaders doing these days?

Tags: Physician Job Search, stop physician burnout


Will Post-COVID Burnout Drive a Physician Workforce Collapse in 2022?

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The business mantra about the pandemic goes like this:
COVID didn't change anything, it just dramatically accelerated what was already going to happen.

An example from healthcare is virtual/digital doctor visits. They were always going to become more common/popular. COVID birthed a whole new virtual medicine function and drove 5 years worth of innovation in organizations nation-wide ... in just 60 days. 

Tags: stop physician burnout