Stop Physician Burnout: What to do when working harder isn't working

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

stop-physician-burnout-book-dike-drummond-40000_opt200WSTOP PHYSICIAN BURNOUT Book Review and Summary

"Stop Physician Burnout: What to do when working harder isn't working" by Dr. Dike Drummond

The #1 home study guide to build your own Personal Burnout Prevention Strategy. The ideal "Journal Club" study guide for your whole office. Discounts of 40% on orders of three or more. 

This book is a practical guide based on Dr. Drummond's personal experience of burnout and his 12 year physician coaching practice focused on the prevention and treatment of burnout in doctors.

PRACTICAL TOOLS - NOT an Abstract Academic Discussion

The book keys on practical tools to help physicians recognize, prevent, and recover from burnout.

For anyone feeling out of gas,
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on how to take charge and make proactive changes
for yourself and your family
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The book offers valuable insights and actionable strategies to promote well-being and resilience in the medical profession. Some key learning points from the book include:

  1. Understand burnout: The book emphasizes the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of burnout, which may include emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a decreased sense of personal accomplishment.

  2. Identify causes: Burnout can result from a combination of factors, such as excessive workload, lack of control, insufficient rewards, breakdown of community, lack of fairness, and conflicting values. Understanding these causes is critical in developing effective strategies to address burnout.

I have read and re-read this book several times now. It's a treasure-trove of helpful ideas to help any of us over-wrought doctors examine our burnout and use what we find to re-imagine and reconfigure our lives and work.

  1. Self-awareness and self-care tools: The book highlights the importance of self-awareness and self-care, encouraging physicians to prioritize their physical and emotional well-being, set boundaries, and cultivate a healthy work-life balance.

  2. Build resilience: Dr. Drummond offers practical tools and techniques to build resilience, such as stress management, mindfulness practices, and cultivating supportive relationships with colleagues, friends, and family.

 It is designed in manageable chunks to digest and makes for an easy read. Well worth buying if you really want to make a change the way you run your life, or allow your life to run you.

  1. Creat a supportive work environment: The book emphasizes the role of healthcare organizations in preventing burnout by creating a supportive work environment that fosters teamwork, open communication, and shared decision-making.

  2. Personal and professional development: The book encourages physicians to invest in their personal and professional growth by seeking out opportunities for learning, mentorship, and leadership development.

This book is long overdue for all of us working in the trenches of medicine. Dike's words are validating and uplifting. He gives burnout a name and explains the phenomenon with great detail bringing hope and a tool kit for overcoming burnout to those suffering from it. 

  1. Reconnect with purpose: Dr. Drummond highlights the importance of reconnecting with the core values and sense of purpose that inspired physicians to enter the medical profession in the first place.

  2. Build your personal action plan: The book provides a framework for creating a personalized action plan to prevent and recover from burnout, including setting specific goals, identifying resources, and regularly reviewing progress.

Stop Physician Burnout is the first comprehensive, well-written, user-friendly manual I have come across. It is full of truths that make me nod my head as I read it.


By synthesizing practical strategies and insights from Dr. Drummond's own experiences as a physician and coach, "Stop Physician Burnout" serves as a valuable resource for medical professionals seeking to maintain well-being and resilience in their careers.



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