Physician Coaches here at

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Meet our new Physician Coach here at

Our website is committed to being a safe haven for physicians worldwide. One visit here will show you a reference library of hyper-focused tools and support for burnout. With just a couple clicks you can book a one hour phone consult with a physician coach - at no cost.

Since 2010 our island of support on the web has been available 24/7 for anyone with internet access worldwide. As I write this blog post we have 9721 members from 63 countries around the world.

We have helped thousands of physicians so far via these Discovery Session Consults and via the book and our live training events. With 25,000 web visitors a month ... the demand for support from over stressed doctors just keeps expanding.

What started out as my one man effort to serve our people has uncovered far greater need than I can address on my own.

So earlier this year I assembled everything I have learned in over 1700 hours of one-on-one physician coaching and started to build our Coaching Team.

I will hand select coaches with the following qualifications:


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The Formula for Physician Engagement

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The Formula for Physician Engagement 

The Quadruple Aim Blueprint - four steps to system-wide burnout prevention. Download your copy of this Free White Paper here


Dear Physician Leader, Medical Director, CMO,

How can you get your doctors actively engaged and participating
- without having to beg or threaten - and finally become the trusted leader you’ve always wanted to be?  

There is an invisible epidemic among your doctors that has a profoundly negative effect on the quality of care and patient satisfaction in your organization right now. It actively blocks the physicians ability to trust and follow your leadership. No matter how hard you work to engage them.

Are any of these true for you:

=> Does it feel like a never ending struggle to get doctors to do the leadership work it takes to stay competitive and keep the business profitable?


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EHR Implementation Struggles - 3 Ways Forward

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EHR Implementation Struggles and 3 Ways to Do It Well

In this article, I will share three important concepts that will take a lot of the struggle out of your EHR implementation. Each one of these are simple to implement and produce immediate results.

Let's face it ... doctors don't like documentation requirements no matter what form they take. Remember back to the days of paper charts for a moment ... you hated those too ... piles of them on your desk and sometimes on the office floor ... reminding you of the visits you still needed to remember and document.

The Electronic Health Record takes away the piles ... and puts a whole bunch of new stresses on us to keep our charts complete. Are things worse than in the days of paper? A significant number of physicians say yes

Here is what a recent AmericanEHR survey learned in 2012


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Physician Burnout Video, Intention Journaling and the Treasure Hunt

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Physician Burnout Training Video [5 min]


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Time Management is a Myth – Manage THIS instead

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Time management is a myth.

There is no such thing as time management.  You and I get 24 hours in each day – 168 of them in a week. No more and no less. The seconds in an hour are a fixed resource that no one can manipulate or manage or finagle or cajole or multiply. So let’s all stop focusing on ” time management ” and do something MUCH more productive instead.

Manage Your Priorities and Intentions Instead - and create more work-life balance this week.

Does this feel familiar. .. You have had a very busy week filled with LOTS of activity – at work and at home. And as you sit here on the weekend you reflect on “Gee, I sure wish I could have had a date night with my spouse/significant other this week” and you begin to judge yourself or your career because that didn’t happen?


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Batch Processing and Patient Flow – Get Home On Time This Week

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Batch Processing, Patient Flow and the science of how to Get Home On Time

Do you find yourself spending too much time on things that have nothing to do with seeing patients – and then getting home later than you would like?

Do you notice that for every 15 minutes you spend with a patient you spend WAY more than that messing around in the EMR and being distracted by things like prescription refills, test results and a hundred other forms of two bit clerical work in your day?

Does your organization expect you to access your EMR from home to complete chart notes in the evenings after you have tucked your kids into bed? ARRRGGGGHHH !   :-(

I wish I had a chance to shadow you in your office, because there are a number small changes you can make right now that will shave hours off of your “non-clinical activities”.

They don’t teach these things in residency … so let me share the top two tools I have found to get you home on time – with your charts done – more often. If you are not doing these two simple tasks every day in the office you are working WAY too hard and getting home at least an hour later than you have to.


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Prevent Physician Burnout With These Mobile Apps

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Prevent Physician Burnout with a Mobile App? … you betcha … here are my two favorites

Forget Angry Birds and other mobile apps that do a great job of helping you waste time. And set aside for now the apps that help you find information and practice clinical medicine more efficiently.

It was only a matter of time before mobile apps would be developed that can actually help you prevent physician burnout.

Here are my two favorite mobile apps to help you lower stress and create more work life balance


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Physician Burnout – Pathophysiology and 2 Main Prevention Techniques

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Learn Physician Burnout Pathophysiology and 2 Main Prevention Methods in this brief video


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Patient Satisfaction and P4P – Three Things Doctors Need to Know

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Patient Satisfaction and Pay For Performance in Healthcare ( P4P ) – three things all doctors need to know.


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Are Physicians the Canary in the Coal Mine of Medicine

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Are Physicians the Canary in the Coal Mine of Medicine?

Back in the day, coal miners always carried a canary with them in a small cage whenever they would go down in the mine. The canary is a very talkative bird, always singing and tweeting in a constant background noise. Canaries have one more characteristic important to a miner.

When there is bad air in the mine, the canary’s sensitive lungs will cause it to drop over dead before the miners notice any shortness of breath. When the bird stops singing … the miners head for the surface … fast. It is a life saving maneuver.

Here in 2013 as we start to implement the provisions of Obamacare and projections of physician shortages as high as 91,500 by 2020 come from respected sources, I believe we have a similar “coal mine” situation in healthcare.

Unfortunately, physicians appear to be the canary in the mine.


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