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. 

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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 

There has to be some balance or you will eventually tumble into the downward spiral of burnout

I know for a fact that you did not learn this in residency - no one does. Residency is where you learn to keep going right through complete exhaustion ... and beyond.

In fact, residency faculty members often model just the opposite ... the chronically burned out and unbalanced doctor. Now you will see certain older physicians who have this figured out. They have outside interests, seem more relaxed, have great relationships with their significant other ... I can tell you many of them went through an episode of their own burnout few years back. That burnout was how they learned the tools to create their more balanced life.

Bypass the crisis ... take the shortcut to work life balance

Here 2 Key Habits and 3 Power Tips for more work life balance this week. Each one is field tested and doctor approved.
Check them out
Pick just one
And get started today!

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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.

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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.

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