Stop Physician Burnout - Always be Building a More Ideal Practice

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

physician-burnout-prevention-video-ideal-job-description-dike-drummond-opt-150w-5Stop Physician Burnout by continuously building a more Ideal Practice ... here's how

In this brief video lesson (5:28) you will learn a three-step process to always be building a more Ideal Practice.

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We discovered this process through over 3000 hours of one-on-one physician coaching experience and have taught it to over 40,000 doctors since 2010.

Follow the three steps and you will build a practice with more meaning and purpose and prevent or recover from physician burnout at the same time.

You don't have to be burned out for these steps to work.
This is a universal practice optimization action plan.

[ This process is also laid out in our book starting on page 70. ]


3 Steps to Building Your Ideal Practice

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Stop the Ongoing Loss of Physician Autonomy

One of the main forces behind the modern physician burnout epidemic - especially for employee physicians - is a comprehensive loss of the autonomy we experienced in the past. Feeling like someone else is in control of your practice is a disorienting and frustrating experience for any doctor. This "cog-in-the-machine" sensation is certainly not something we anticipated from our practice after graduation.

Take Your Practice Back

The Ideal Practice Description Process described above is the key to taking your practice back. Once you know exactly what you are looking for, you can begin to tweak your current practice in that direction, one baby step at a time. With the help of a physician coach, this process can take your practice satisfaction from 3 to 7 out of 10 in approximately 9 months. And if you do find you need to leave your current job, your Ideal Practice Description will guarantee you find a  much better job the first time around.


Stop Physician Burnout Power Tool #1 - Building Your Ideal Job


Hello, Dr. Dike Drummond, here with the first of our burnout prevention power tools video. Remember back on the last of the burnout basic videos where I said in order to address your own burnout, you have to change some of the things that are causing you stress at work.

Let me show you a three step process that will guide the changes that you make that will always keep you on track to building a more ideal job.


Step number one is to build your own Ideal Job Description. What do I mean? Well, most people when I talk to them about their job, they'll tell me what they don't like about it, they'll tell me what they would want to change. If they're thinking about changing jobs, they're telling me what they're running away from about this job.

Most of them don't have an idea of what their ideal job would be and by that I mean if you had a magic wand then you could wave it, what's your ideal job description in a perfect world?

I encourage you to take some time to sit down with some paper and some colored pens and write down what kind of patience would you be seeing doing what kinds of things with them and what kind of setting with what kind of team for what kind of pay and what kind of an organization?

Write down exactly what you want. What you would run towards? That's your ideal job description.

Most people don't pay any attention to that at all, we just cope with the way things are done around here and we let somebody else define our job. You don't have to do that anymore if you don't want to.

If this job isn't exactly what you want, if physician burnout has you in its downward spiral and you need to make some changes, you can create an ideal job description and I'll show you how to start moving in that direction.



Build the Doctor’s Venn of Happiness. Once you have your ideal job description, you simply make a Venn diagram. A two circle Venn diagram looks sort of like this. One circle is your IDEAL JOB description, the second circle is THIS JOB. And my question to you is this:

If those two things were a Venn diagram how much overlap is there in percent right now?

Most of the people that I work with tell me they're really happy if there's a 65 to 80% overlap between THIS JOB and their IDEAL JOB.

Most people are suffering from pretty significant physician burnout if that overlap is down around 5, 10, 15, 25%.

Now, if you've got an idea of your ideal job description and you're noticing what your overlap is low -- let's say it's 30%?  Great Notice! The first thing you've got to do in order to make some changes is to notice how things are right now. If things are not good, just notice that fact. The beginning of all change is calling things by their right name.



Step number three is to ask yourself this question, “if I was going to make these circles overlap even more, if I was going to push this job to be more in alignment with my IDEAL JOB, what would I change?”

 And typically when I ask somebody that question they say well I would change A and B and C and D and E and F, they make a list. That list is your master plan.

If you're looking for what you would change to lower your stress on the job, choose one of those items on that master plan list and start to make changes in it at work. If you don’t change things up you're stuck in Einstein's insanity trap, remember, “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”.

Let me go through these three steps again because they're very simple and they're extremely powerful.

  • One, always know what you want, have your ideal job description written down.
  • Two, make the Venn diagram and ask yourself what's the overlap in percent right now.
  • Three, ask yourself the question if I was going to increase the overlap what would I change and write down that list one, two, three, four, five, keep it all in the same folder so you can look at it once a month and update it.

Then pick one of the action steps on your master plan and start to make little baby changes at work. Ask other people to help you, tell them what you're doing hey, I'm trying to lower my stress with regards to charting. How can we as a team share this load more effectively? That's one example.

So those three steps will always keep you creating a more IDEAL JOB, you'll always be making small changes at work to lower your stress. And because the process is you asking yourself these questions, it doesn't matter where you are in the organization this will work for anybody who takes on the three steps.

So that's one of our physician burnout prevention power tools: the three steps to keep you always building a more IDEAL JOB. I'll see you in one of the additional burnout prevention power tools real soon.




Using your Ideal Practice Description, what will be the first small change you make in your practice?

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