Doctor Patient Communication – The Universal Upset Patient Protocol

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Doctor Patient Communication – The Universal Upset Patient Protocol

Doctor Patient Communication can be a significant source of stress in the average office … especially when we are dealing with upset patients or angry patients.

Tags: Physician Coaching


Work Life Balance for Physicians Power Tool - Scheduled Spontaneity

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Work Life Balance for Physicians – the power of “Scheduled Spontaneity”

When it comes to work-life balance for physicians, it's up to you. Left to its own devices, your career/practice will naturally dominate your larger life.

The two prime directives we learn in our medical education:
The Patient Comes First
and Never Show Weakness
virtually guarantee work will always come out on top. 

Work Life Balance is a task only you can accomplish. You must force the issue. Make it happen.

Fortunately the tools for this task are simple and the weekly life balancing process only takes a few minutes.

Tags: physician burnout prevention, Dike Drummond MD, Physician Burnout, Work Life Balance, physician burnout treatment, Physician Coaching


Welcome to the Newest Member of our Physician Coach Team - Susan Leggett-Johnson MD

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Help us welcome Doctor Susan Leggett-Johnson MD to our physician coach team!

Susan has completed her executive coaching and physician coach training and joins our diverse team of physician coaches at

Dr. Leggett-Johnson a is a certified executive coach, board-certified internist, very experienced physician executive, mom and a woman of color in healthcare who plays an active role in addressing diversity, equity and inclusion issues in medicine.

She is calm, thoughtful, an excellent listener and shares her insights from a deep well of  experience as a physician, physician leader and a woman of color navigating both clinical and leadership roles in the healthcare industry. 

Susan is an expert in helping you recognize and recover from burnout, find a path to a more ideal practice, develop leadership skills especially if you are in a named leadership position and helping moms and women of color navigate the journey to being a happy, healthy physician too.

Tags: Physician Coaching, stop physician burnout, susan leggett-johnson


Physician Burnout's Highest and Best Use

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout's highest and best use

From within the misery of physician burnout it is difficult to see, but there is a purpose to this suffering. Burnout actually has a highest and best use.

When you use your stress and burnout as fuel for transformation -- when you do a good job of burning out, you will look back on this as an important turning point in your life. A turning point for the better.

Tags: Physician Burnout, Physician Coaching


Drop in Group Coaching/Support This Weekend - the Lightworker's Gathering

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Seattle, Washington Friday, March 27th, 2020

Here in Phase One of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I have been in touch with dozens of doctors and leaders in our network.

Things are stressed, chaotic, disjointed weird, dangerous, unique and confusing ... and all of us know this will be a prolonged siege rather than a two week skirmish.  

We are all beginning to realize the depth of the transition we are facing.

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There will be no returning to NORMAL here. If you think we will be back to the good old days of "the way things were last year" at some point in the future ... let me be the first to gently show you that is not going to happen.

Unfortunately the NEW NORMAL is still unformed, unclear and swirling in the midst of the acute crisis.

What does this mean for you personally, for your family, your practice, your career?

Great questions ... with embryonic answers beginning to emerge.

Let's get together and talk about it all.

I will be holding drop in group coaching hours on Saturday and Sunday from 9 - 11 AM Pacific Time here in the USA.

No cost
No obligation
A group conversation within our TheHappyMD community

Tags: Physician Coaching, stop physician burnout