RESILIENCE Won't Save you now - you need a New You for the New Normal on the far side of this COVID19 Pandemic

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

I have talked to hundreds of physicians in the last six weeks and two things are consistent.

1) Everyone knows the Old Normal is gone. There is no going back.

Once we get through the infectious disease crisis, round two of COVID-19 is the economic impact on your organization. Can you be certain at all what your practice will look like this time next year?

2) AND YET ... Most doctors don't want the Old Normal back again in the first place. 

No one is longing for a return of the good old days of EMR overwhelm, the fee-for-service hamster wheel, Pajama Time documentation at home and burnout rates of 50% and more. Who wants that back again? Isn't there a better way?

Isn't there a way to practice your craft as a helper, healer, caregiver and Lightworker without so much waste and brain damage??

The answer is YES - we know it to be true. And yet, the New Normal is completely unclear at this time. There is a chasm to cross.

Tags: physician coaching, physician resilience, covid19, coronavirus, 2020 pandemic


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


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


Stop Physician Burnout: The Three Laws of Personal and Practice Transformation

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

As a professional coach, I help physicians create personal and practice Transformation.


- a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.
- or a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal.
==> that orients an individual/organization in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness

Evolution, recasting, reorganization, rearrangement, renewal, rejigging, reworking, renovation, overhaul, revolution

There are patterns, success factors and even laws that cover this work.

Over the course of my personal life and in my experience as a coach to hundreds of physician clients - often suffering from physician burnout - I have noticed several obvious patterns in what works and what does not when it comes to this concept of transformation.

In this blog post let me show you some of the major transformation success patterns. I will call them "laws" here because they behave similar to the laws of nature - universal, immutable, inviolable ... like gravity.

These three laws are mandatory checkpoints on the way to any transformation in your life or practice.

Tags: physician coaching, ideal job description, einsteins insanity definition, stop physician burnout


Physician Coaches here at

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

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:

Tags: physician coaching


Physician Burnout Workshop Tweet Stream #AAFP2014

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physican Burnout Workshop the AAFP Scientific Assembly in Washington DC

Here is the Twitter stream on the day of our Burnout Proof Workshop on the main stage at the AAFP Scientific Assembly.

The room held 4000 and we packed it out. Here is what the people had to say live and in person during the live workshop and the book signing for our new book, "Stop Physician Burnout - what to do when working harder isn't working" the next day.

281 tweets and 37 attached images from attendees are below. This is one of the highest and best uses of Twitter and the next best thing to being there.


Jen BrullFri at 12:31 PM

Mic check with @dikedrummond #backstage at #AAFP2014. (He's awesome, BTW.) #almosttime

Tags: dike drummond, Physician burnout, physician coaching, healthcare speaker


Physician Burnout - How to Turn the Corner

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician burnout: How to turn the corner in your life and practice

No matter how exhausted and overworked you may feel right now -- no matter how frustrated with your practice or your out-of-balance life you may be -- there is a way to turn this corner.

Working harder is not the answer though

If you want different results in your life, you must take different actions

What got you here won't get you there

Don't fall into this trap

You can get to a place where you are running so fast - just to keep up with your current reality - that you don't have time to do anything more or anything different. I have heard people say over and over, "I am too busy to even think about doing things differently". 

Here is the key to getting out of this Catch 22, the key to getting out of this mind trap.


You have to find a way to step out of the flow of your life - in order to see things from a more strategic point of view - where the things you want to change can come into sharp focus

This lesson actually came to me from the world of the entrepreneur. 

You see, a person starting a small business can often end up overwhelmed by the details of being a solo entrepreneur. There is so much to do to coordinate your product/service, marketing, accounting and payroll and managing employees. It is a fairly close match for all the balls a physician has to keep up in the air -- and it can get equally unbalanced. 

Entrepreneurs have to learn this mantra sooner or later

Tags: physician burnout prevention, dike drummond, physician wellness retreat, Physician burnout, physician coaching


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.

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I have worked with hundreds of burned out doctors and physician leaders at this point and a clear and universal pattern has emerged. Let's see if you have noticed this pattern yourself. Depending on your age, you may have lived through it yourself, more than once. (I have!)

Try this snippet of anthropologic research

Think of a physician you respect and look up to - someone you feel has their act together in their practice and private life. Ask if you can have a cup of coffee and a conversation with them. When you are together, ask them this question.

"Please, tell me your burnout story."

Here is their most likely reply. "Which one?"

Often they will end their story with something like, "... and thank god that happened or I would still be back in that grind and none of this would be possible."

Tags: Physician burnout, physician coaching, einsteins insanity definition


The Formula for Physician Engagement

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

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?

Tags: dike drummond md, physician coaching, physician engagement, physician engagement formula, physician engagement and alignment, physician engagement consultant


Physician Leadership Gets Easy When You Do These 3 Things

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Leadership: The Lone Ranger vs. the Team Captain

Your leadership style goes a long way towards determining your team’s results. As a physician leader, your style organizes the way your team functions and creates your team member’s experience of  “playing” on your team.

For most of us, our leadership style is invisible. It is simply not something we are aware of when we are using it. For most doctors, that is a problem. We graduate from residency with a specific physician leadership style/paradigm that gets in the way of our effectiveness and makes us work way too hard.

In this article let me show you

=> The Doctor’s Default Leadership Paradigm and the problems it causes
=> Three steps to a new Physician Leadership Style that makes everything in your practice easier
=> A specific example of the new paradigm in action


Tags: dike drummond md, physician coaching, physician leadership, physician leader


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