Silly things physician leaders say about Physician Burnout - Part One

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

"We can't talk about physician burnout, everyone will go part time"

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This article kicks off a mini-series of blog posts documenting my experience of Silly Things Physician Leaders Say About Physician Burnout. This first example is a great place to begin - a surprisingly frequent CMO/CEO exclamation - often used as justification for continued attempts to ignore the obvious presence of physician burnout.

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"We can't talk about physician burnout, everyone will go part time"

That is a major subconscious fear of some healthcare administrators and physician leaders. Sometimes they will actually say these same words to your face. If you happen to be the wellness champion in your organization, that statement is usually part of a paragraph that includes "things were OK around here until you showed up".

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Tags: stop physician burnout, physician wellness, physician leadership

Quadruple Aim FAIL Diary: How to Sabotage Your Physician Wellness Program From the Start

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Quadruple Aim FAIL Diary:
How to Sabotage Your Physician Wellness Program From the Start

Healthcare's new Quadruple Aim recognizes happy, healthy patients can only come from happy healthy doctors. Quadruple Aim leaders understand that taking better care of your doctors is mandatory for successful organizations in the future.

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If you are a quadruple aim leader and step up to the plate to launch a wellness intervention of any kind
-- BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT YOUR NEXT DECISION !

90% of physician leaders fall into a blind spot our leadership skill set and sabotage their wellness programs from the start. Don't let this be you.

Even the best of intentions will fail if you don't understand this physician-specific blind spot before you launch your project

In this article - let me show you three key learning points critical to the success of any physician wellness project.

  • This physician leadership blind spot 
  • The decision that will sabotage even your best intentions - and how to avoid it
  • A case study of a Mindfulness Program FAIL that illustrates this concept perfectly

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Tags: physicain burnout, physician wellness, physician leadership

Physician Wellness - What is the Level of Expertise in Your Organization

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Wellness - What is the Level of Expertise in Your Organization?

In this post let me show you two important new developments in the prevention of physician burnout.

1) The definition of Five Levels of Expertise in Physician Wellbeing as proposed by Tait Shanafelt et al in an important new study.

2) A new way for your organization to leap frog to LEVEL FIVE in a single step.

Take a look at the table below and LEAVE A COMMENT telling us the level of your organization's expertise in preventing physician burnout.

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Tags: stop physician burnout, quadruple aim, physician wellness

Physician Wellness Retreat and the Float Plane Bucket List Dance [video]

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The 2013 Heart of the Healer Physician Wellness Retreat was an amazing time on Orcas Island over our four days together in September

We worked on our Ideal Life and Ideal Practice Descriptions and created BIG and Little Bucket Lists ... with yoga and meditation in the mornings and whale watching and mountain hiking in the afternoons. All in the best summer weather of the year.

Here is a video of the cherry on top of the whole experience - our Float Plane flight back to Civilization

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Tags: physician burnout prevention, physician wellness, dike drummond, physician wellness retreat, heart of the healer, dike drummond md, Physician burnout, float plane, bucket list dance

Physician Burnout – Breaking out of Survival Mode

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout and How To Break Out of Survival Mode

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Tags: physician burnout prevention, physician wellness, dike drummond, Physician burnout, intention journaling, survival mode, treasure hunt

Physician Wellness – Why It’s Such a Struggle

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Wellness – Let’s abandon the struggle and just let doctors do what they do best.

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Tags: physician burnout prevention, physician wellness, dike drummond, Physician burnout, physician burnout treatment, physician wellness definition

Physician Wellness - How to tell if Your Group Cares

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Wellness: 2 ways to tell if your group cares

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Tags: physician wellness, dike drummond, Physician burnout, physician engagement, physician alignment, physician, physician engagement formula, physician engagement coach, physician engagement and alignment, staff wellness, employee wellness, doctor, mission statement, physician engagement consultant

Physician Wellness Definition – Thriving vs. Surviving

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Wellness ? => Thriving vs. Surviving

I have heard all sorts of people talking about physician wellness lately and it is clear there is no generally accepted definition for those two words. That is a BIG PROBLEM. Here’s why …

Until you and I understand what “Physician Wellness” is … it is going to be very hard to get some! So … Before you read any further. Take a moment to consider your answer to the following questions.

What does “Physician Wellness” mean to You ?

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Tags: Physician burnout, physician wellness, dike drummond, physician wellness definition, survival mechanism, physician coach

Work Life Balance for Physicians – Three Steps to Saying NO with Grace and Power

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Work Life Balance for Doctors – the power of a Positive “NO”

Choosing to be a Physician is a lot like inviting an 800 pound gorilla to be a permanent house guest. Gorillas are big, take up a lot of space, eat all your food and are not house trained … so there are messes to clean up every week.

Left to its own devices, your Medical Career will knock your work life balance out by doing the very same things …

  • Take up every spare minute
  • Use all your energy, patience, empathy and attention
  • Mess up your other relationships by crowding them out or interrupting at the worst possible moment

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Work Life Balance can go out the window very quickly. The Career that was supposed to give you a great life … quickly becomes the entire focus of your life … and physician Burnout starts nipping at your heels.

All is not lost …

Just like a gorilla can be trained to perform amazing acts of patience and skill … your career can also be corralled and tamed. It takes the deliberate use of just one word.

Work Life Balance depends on how often you say “NO”

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Tags: physician burnout prevention, physician wellness, dike drummond md, work life balance, work life balance for physicians, work life balance for doctors, physician coach

Energy Vampires and Physician Burnout – Stop the Downward Spiral !

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Energy Vampires and Physician Burnout – stop the downward spiral

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Tags: Physician burnout, physician wellness, physician coach, physician stress, energy vampires

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