Work Life Balance for Physicians - How to Tip the Scales

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Work Life Balance is key to preventing Physician Burnout - but exactly HOW do you create balance in the first place?

Here are 2 Key Habits (and 3 Power Tools) to help you create more balance this week - Field Tested and Doctor Approved. 

Six "Get Home Sooner" Tools are Here

We have successfully coached hundreds of doctors back from burnout. One of the key components to preventing physician burnout is restoring some balance to your life. You must chisel out some space in your weeks for yourself and the important people in your life for one simple reason ...

When you are stressed at work --- home is where you must be able to recharge

Tags: Physician Burnout, Work Life Balance, prevent physician burnout, prevent burnout


Code Lavender and Preventing PTSD in Healthcare

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Code Lavender has been in the news lately as a Burnout Prevention Tool ... that is NOT what it is.

You have heard of Code Blue and Code Red ... well there's a new code in town. Code Lavender.

Code Lavender is a code the hospital staff can call for themselves when they are being overloaded by stress and traumatic events at work.

When Code Lavender is triggered, the staff member gets a Chaplain consult, Reiki treatment, some down time and a lavender ribbon on their arm to tell everyone they are having a rough day. Code Lavender started by Earl Bakken at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea in 2008 and has been reported on most recently in the Cleveland Clinic System.

This week I was interviewed along with Amy Greene, the Cleveland Clinic Director of Spiritual Care, on HuffPostLive on a segment titled:

Code Lavender: Healing One Doctor at a Time. You can watch the interview below.

In the remainder of this blog post (below the video frame) let me show you why Code Lavender is NOT a  burnout prevention tool and the function it actually performs.

Tags: Physician Burnout, prevent burnout


Prevent Physician Burnout with 3 Simple Stress Relieving Games

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Prevent Burnout with 3 Simple Stress Relieving Games

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Burnout is a constant threat for physicians. Research consistently shows an average of 1 in 3 doctors suffering from symptomatic burnout on any given office day. In my work with over stressed and burned out doctors, I have found that most of us work way to hard being the Superhero to our staff, patients and families — and don’t have any fun at all. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Research shows you can lower your stress (and prevent burnout) with simple steps you can begin taking today. You can even make these activities into stress relieving games.

Tags: Physician Burnout, Physician Coaching, prevent burnout