OMICRON: The first step in any emergency is to take your own pulse

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

This timeless wisdom from The House of God was quoted to me by a resident on my first ER rotation

I think it applies to the news in all the headlines about the new OMICRON Variant of the COVID-19 virus.

It is 11/28/2021 as I write this. Omicron and the travel and nation-level shutdowns it immediately inspired, have dominated headlines across the world for the last 48 hours. We thought we had Delta in the rear view mirror and now this.

Hang on a second. What is that first step again?

Tags: stop physician burnout, Covid19

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May You Experience the Original Meaning of Carpe Diem

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Carpe Diem does not translate to SEIZE the Day 

The word Carpe does not mean snatch or grab or wrestle to the ground and hold on tight. 

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How Will YOU Stick the Landing on this Life of Purpose?

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

This is such an important question that only you can answer.

  • You started this journey at the Lightworker's Fork in the Road when you made the extraordinary choice to go to medical school.

  • Survived the 7 - 16 years of the medical education process.

  • Have practiced the craft of a helper and healer to the best of your ability, despite EMR and all the other distractions of the Whirlwind of your practice.

Yet, when it comes to the final chapter of a physician's life, most of us play a perpetual game of "kick the can down the road". With 45% of US Physicians age 55 and older - a total of nearly 420,000 doctors in all - this should be one of the most common topics of discussion between doctors. We both know it is not!

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US Healthcare Staffing Crisis Worsens. Is Mass Boomer Doc Retirement Wave Next

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

"the worst U.S. health-care labor crisis in memory"

The Healthcare Staffing Crisis Hit the Front Page at Bloomberg this week.

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Do Not Abandon Hope - Physician Update 9-26-2021 Four Positive Trends

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Here in what we hope are the waning days of the Delta Surge in COVID, there is so much physician stress, burnout and pessimism in the USA.

We talk with hundreds of physicians and physician leaders each week. Starting about a month ago ... despair, true fear about the future of your practice and a clear deer in the headlights quality started to color these conversations - for obvious reasons.

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