How to Prevent Physician Burnout as Simply as Possible

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
~ Albert Einstein

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Physician Burnout - Praying for a one-step solution is human nature and a trap!

One of the key features of physician burnout - or any supremely uncomfortable life circumstance - is a desire to run away, escape, make the pain stop. When you are deep in the downward spiral, your mind drops to its knees and prays for a simple, one-step solution to the agony and despair.

We ask basic questions like:

  1. What can I do to fix/stop/solve this?
  2. How long will it take?

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Because our questions are simple, we assume a simple answer will come to our rescue.

That is the first mistake - especially if you are a physician leader looking to prevent physician burnout at a system level. 

We almost always ask the wrong questions.

In this blog post, let me show you the simplest way possible to prevent physician burnout in any healthcare organization that employs physicians. I promise to make it as simple as possible for you, but no simpler. 


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New Year's Resolutions Do Not Work - Here's what can

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

That magical time of the year, when we all make resolutions we know we won't keep.

Here's the rub:

  • Everyone wants to change something
  • Very few go further than the magical thinking exercise of the "New Year's Resolution". 

You are probably in that frame of mind right now.

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A Resolution without an Action Plan is a Pipe Dream, Wishful Thinking, a Fib and a Fable.

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Physicians On Purpose Podcast 003 What is Burnout

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physicians on Purpose Podcast 003
What Is "Physician Burnout"

  • The 3 Cardinal Signs of Physician Burnout
  • The words that Little Voice in your head will whisper to you when you are in the downward spiral.
  • Gender Differences in Burnout
  • How to reach out to a Colleague in Distress

You must be able to recognize the beast BEFORE you can smell his breath.

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The Danger Inherent in "The Patient Comes First"

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The primary risk to all Lightworkers is built into our first Prime Directive.

Healthcare's Prime Directive #1:

The patient comes first

In this blog post:

  • Let me show you the nature of this fundamental risk
  • The toll it takes on all healthcare workers
  • An image that captures this dynamic in a way you won't forget
  • And a tool to recharge we have proven effective in our physician coaching practice.

Tags: stop physician burnout, Covid19


A Sign for Our Times

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

I saw this lobby sign for a hospital in Indiana this week on LinkedIn and had to share it with you.

In these divisive and politicized times, all of us coping with a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, this language and sentiment seemed to cut straight to the point.

This is a place of healing and, if healing is not possible, a space where we all deal with disease, suffering, death and dying.

Please be intentional with your energy. 

This sign feels like a little cosmic mirror at the front door of the hospital. Take a quick look in the mirror and make sure your attitude is adjusted before you walk into this sacred space.

Tags: stop physician burnout, Covid19