The 13 Impact Layers of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

COVID-19 is a Worthy Adversary - We count 13 Layers of Impact that will spool out over time.


It is easy to focus on the impact of the acute disease and the early economic effects, but just wait, there is more.

Those are just two of the 13 separate layers of negative impact from this crisis. The long tail of the pandemic's impact will last several years at a minimum and only if there is no wave two - please!


Tags: dike drummond md, Physician burnout, physician burnout videos, covid19, pandemic survival guide, Pandemic impact

Preventing Physician Suicide - it is time to Step Up

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

This mornings headlines in my InBox were dominated by a pair of suicides - one ER Doctor and one newly graduated EMT

Dr. Lorna M. Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital.

FDNY EMT John Mondello, 23, graduated from the EMS academy in early February and worked with the Tactical Response Group in the Bronx

This is a heartbreaking loss. Tragic to an extreme.

It is one thing to die doing what you love ...

It is another to die from your own hand, because the pain of doing what you love is too much to bear.

A Lightworker's burden ... may they both rest in peace.

This highlights the need raise our "I've got your back" caring for team mates to a whole new level. Time to step up.


We know three things for sure:


Tags: physician suicide, prevent physician suicide, reach out to a colleague

COVID-19 Pandemic Thought Experiment - When to re-institute Social Distancing??

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Once we have released the beast of Coronavirus, under what circumstances would you expect local/state/federal officials to re-institute social distancing??

Governors all over the USA are relaxing social distancing restrictions and definitions of what is and is not an essential business. The biggest fear is reigniting the pandemic and flooding the local healthcare system with critically ill patients.


Tags: Physician burnout, covid19, social distancing, healthcare

Massive Losses in US Healthcare Industry Due To Fee For Service Payment Systems

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Fee For Service Payment Dark Side = Massive Healthcare Industry Financial Losses in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Perfect Storm - is this the Beginning of the End of Fee-For-Service Medicine in the USA?

There are MASSIVE LOSSES across the board for every healthcare delivery organization I am talking with - for weeks now.

The Mayo Clinic announcement of a projected $3 Billion 2020 loss was the first specific warning from an otherwise stable provider organization.

$100M in bailout payments to Baylor Scott and White and other Texas hospital systems is just the next in a long line of bad news for healthcare over the next 18 months.

Will this catastrophe force significant changes in the way healthcare is paid for in the USA?

  • The Old Normal is clearly gone, toast, history and kaput.
  • The New Normal is well off into the future and only after Darwin has done his nasty thing on the US healthcare industry.
  • Are fee-for-service and for profit motivations actually on the way out?

Key Resource: Pandemic Survival Guide for Physicians
5 Lessons to Navigate the Crisis with Confidence

How did it all come to this?


Tags: covid19, Healthcare industry, capitation, Fee for service, Healthcare Financial Losses

The Pandemic Survival Guide for Physicians - Online Video Training

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Pandemic Survival Guide for Physicians – Online Training Program. Five Proven Tools to Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis with Confidence. is pleased to announce the release of the Pandemic Survival Guide for Physicians.

This online video training program, specifically for doctors, teaches the skills to navigate the multiple layers of the COVID-19 crisis to a safe landing in the new normal, however long that might take.

The training is open for individual enrollment and volume admission packages are available for medical associations, societies and physician employers.

Pandemic Survival Guide for Physicians
Online Video Training Program
Learn More and Get Started Now

This is clearly one of those moments we will all look back on and say, "Remember 2020, when everything changed?" Physicians are no exception.

The healthcare industry has been split in two by the pandemic - half in a life and death battle with the virus, the other half throttled back or furloughed, with red ink, pay cuts and layoffs everywhere. The old normal is gone and chaos rules: the hospitals, the economy, the small businesses on Main Street, social distancing. Nightly death tallies and political mudslinging only add to the suffering.

Doctors are at unique risk. They learn to put the patients first and lack basic self-care skills - especially at times of crisis. Navigating this dark passage will depend on learning new tools to find and hold their center, their health, their focus and happiness even when the way forward is not clear.


Tags: coronovirus pandemic, pandemic survival guide

Favorite Pandemic Memes and Videos

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Some of our favorite COVID-19 Crisis Memes and videos

  • Some Funny 
  • Some inspirational 

Stay safe!!

[you can right click and choose "save image as"
to save any of these to your computer
and share them with friends]


Tags: covid19, coronovirus pandemic, healthcare memes, Friday funny

Mayo Clinic $3B Loss Foreshadows Layer Three of the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The worldwide pandemic of coronavirus is a disaster with multiple layers of crushing impact

It is nearly impossible to fathom the magnitude of the devastation. BAD on top of BAD on top of BAD, like a layer cake made of fresh manure -- and you and I and everyone else has to chew and swallow a nice big slice every week for long as it takes to reach the other side.


Tags: covid-19, mayo clinic, coronovirus pandemic, Healthcare industry

The meteoric rise of Virtual Medicine - We LOVE IT

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Hey Physicians! How much do you LOVE seeing patients in virtual visits from your HOME Computer - rather than from your office/hospital work station??

In our monthly Physicians on Purpose community support call last night, we brainstormed our list of positives.

Here's what we have so far:

  • No commute
  • Sleep in later 
  • Get outside
  • Pets stopping by to say hello
  • Eat better
  • Have time for short meditation
  • Less interruptions by staff
  • Able to think in complete thoughts and sentences
  • Better control over your home environment

Tags: Physician burnout, virtual medicine

Dangerous Medicine - Battlefield vs. Pandemic

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Pandemic Medicine is Clearly More Dangerous than Battlefield Medicine to Front Line Healthcare Workers

1) Battlefield/MASH Unit:

  • The danger is the enemy.
  • You have specific skilled, trained and equipped people around you to protect you.
  • The act of caring for patients is not dangerous for you.
  • Your family is safe and far away.

2) Pandemic:

  • The danger is the patients.
  • Just being in the same room with them (never mind touching and treating them), especially without sufficient PPE, is an act of service that can ultimately be fatal.
  • Your family is in clear and present danger as well.
  • In Italy, 10% of the Covid-19 cases have been healthcare workers!

No Comparison ... so please Stop the Battlefield Analogies!!


Tags: stop physician burnout, covid-19, pandemic medicine

Lightworkers Forum Support Call Series - Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The Lightworker's Forum Support Call Series
Navigating the world wide COVID-19 Pandemic

To Support Physicians, Nurses and all other Healthcare Lightworkers as we survive this crisis and find a New Normal in our personal and professional lives.

We will be hosting Drop-In Group Coaching & Support Calls
EVERY Saturday & Sunday 
from 9 - 11 AM Pacific Time here in the USA
(Schedule and Call In Links are Below)


CLICK HERE to register for the Lightworkers Forum Calls


Our first six calls brought over 300 doctors, nurses and other healthcare Lightworkers from all specialties and six countries around the world - to discuss the stresses this COVID-19 pandemic has placed on our personal lives, teams, organizations and the healthcare industry as a whole.


Tags: physician coaching, stop physician burnout, lightworkers forum

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