Physician Take Back Your Practice - STOP acting like a Good Resident

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Most people believe that your medical education sets you up to be a successful practicing physician.

Unfortunately that is not true.

Today's 63% physician burnout rate should give us some clue, that our traditional medical education does not guarantee a successful practicing physician.

Investing your 20's to complete the slog through medical school, residency and fellowship does produce two consistent outcomes.

1) You learn the bare minimum to practice in your specialty.
I say bare minimum because no one graduates from the education process completely capable of practicing independently - especially with the work hour restrictions of today's residency programs. The breadth of the knowledge base in any specialty is so large now and yet the number of available teaching hours within residency programs has been cut by 1/3 compared to residencies before work hour restrictions were put in place.

2) You are also taught - and subconsciously conditioned - to be a good resident.

The complete medical education process takes from 7 to 16 years. At the end of that marathon, everyone who survives is programmed to be a great resident.

  • Fortunately for the industrial practice of medicine, great residents make compliant employees.

  • Unfortunately for the graduating physician, the same conditioning sets us up for burnout in the first place - especially since 73% of physicians become employees these days.


Residency is not about success in your future practice.

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Resident Wellness Program Key Considerations Podcast

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Resident Wellness and Resilience Podcast

What are the key components of an effective burnout prevention program for Residency and Fellowship trainees?

Amy Vinson M.D., F.A.A.P from the Boston Children's Pediatric Anesthesia program and I sat down today and recorded this powerful conversation about the stresses of becoming a doctor. This is the master list of causes of burnout we must mitigate against in residency.

The message of the Quadruple Aim is spreading. If you want to take better care of your residents and give them the skills to avoid burnout in the future, this conversation is a superb place to start.

A Must Listen if you are involved in Resident Wellness and Resilience Program design.

(a full list of the topics we covered is below the audio frame) 

Dike Drummond MD, CEO
Amy Vinson M.D., F.A.A.P – Boston Children’s Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship

Building an effective Resident Wellness and Resilience Program Podcast

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