Stop Physician Burnout: How SHIT HAPPENS Inside a Healthcare Bureaucracy (humor)

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician burnout, the employed physician and the occasional insanity of bureaucracy

Have you ever looked at the announcement of a new policy or workflow from your employer and wondered where do these ideas that make no sense come from ?

You know the policies I am talking about ...

The one where you look at what you are being asked to do -- and actually mumble out loud, "What were they thinking? Did anyone even talk to a doctor when this policy was put together?"
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We have stumbled upon what appears to be the Origin Story for this category of silly commands-from-on-high.

It's a leadership version of the old "telephone game" (Chinese whispers) that is called THE PLAN. I have yet to find a citation for its author.

As you read this, please remember it is supposed to be funny ... OK?

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Stop Physician Burnout - How to Get a Scribe - the Claw Back method

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Stop Physician Burnout - How to Get a Scribe

EMR and documentation join physician burnout as another DILEMMA in the life of physicians. There is no solution/cure/fix/magic pill to make your documentation chores disappear, what is needed is a strategy to get your charts done and get you home at a reasonable hour. 

In addition to templates, batch processing, Dragon and perhaps even a "super MA" -- one powerful component of your documentation strategy could be a Medical Scribe.

In this post let me show you how to get a scribe, even if you have been told you can't have one before. This method has never failed in my experience if you follow the steps below.

(Download the Quick Take and Action Plan Here)

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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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Stop Physician Burnout - Doctors and Money - End the Worrying Now

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Stop Physician Burnout - how to eliminate money worries and deal with money problems in a single step

(Download the Quick Take and Action Plan Here)

 

Financial worries are stressful enough to be an actual cause of physician burnout for many doctors. In this short video let me show you

  • The difference between Money Worries and Money Problems. All doctor worry about money and some of us have money problems. Let's look at the difference between the two and how you solve both.
  • And the Key Members of the Money Team every doctor must have 

Learn this and much more in the short video below:

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Physician Burnout and the Light-at-the-End-of-the-Tunnel Illusion

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Burnout and the Light-at-the-End-of-the-Tunnel Illusion

"I'm just hoping there is a light at the end of this tunnel"

I know you've heard the little voice in your head say that before. Me too. Happens to all of us from time to time.

These thoughts come up when you are slogging away day after day --  with no visible end to this struggle in sight. You have been going at this issue for a while now, your energy is drained and your inner pessimist comes out. It is extremely common in overwhelmed doctors when you are dancing on the cliff edge of physician burnout.

(Download the Quick Take and Action Plan Here)



I want you to know something very important ...

There Is No Tunnel !
It is an illusion caused by Einstein's Insanity Trap.

As long as you keep doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result ... it will appear you are stuck in a long dark tunnel.  The more you do the same things over and over - the longer and darker the tunnel becomes. Your energy, drive and hope are drained and you wonder whether things will ever get better.

Let me show how this mind trick keeps us all stuck and some specific steps you can take to shatter this Tunnel Illusion and free yourself.

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Stop Physician Burnout - a Hole in the Sidewalk Shows a Way Out of Einstein's Insanity Trap

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Change is difficult, grinding work for most people - physicians are no exception. This hole in the sidewalk may make it easier for you this week.

Physician burnout is clearly an example where our professional inertia makes change extremely difficult for most doctors.  In this blog post let me show you a different way of looking at change that is likely to make things easier for you. 

I suspect you will get an "AHA" here that can result in a permanent shift in your attitude and ability to make changes in your life. The poem below is that powerful for many people. It all has to do with that big hole in the sidewalk.

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Putting Physician Burnout to its Highest and Best Use

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Is there a way that Physician Burnout could be a Good Thing?

The key lies in asking that question to people on the far side of their episode of burnout. When you have survived the downward spiral and come out whole on the other side, do you look back and see it as a positive experience. 

The unexpected answer is always, "Yes".

In this short video let me show you how to put stress, frustration, confusion and physician burnout to its Highest and Best Use. 

Burnout is here for a reason. Let me show you what to do NOW so that years from now you look back at this time as the turning point to a much better reality. 

 
Here's the next lesson:
 
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Stop Physician Burnout - Delegate Your Punch List

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Stop Physician Burnout - Delegate Your Punch List for the shortest path to a better quality of life

You know your Punch List ... right? It is that to-do list of tasks to complete at home. Things like clean the house, mow the lawn, balance the checkbook, fix the door hinge on the closet, find an outfit for the office party next weekend ... etc. etc.

It's that list you scrawl on a spare piece of paper containing all the routine activities of monthly living we each must take responsibility for. It is that list you worry about, fret over and never seem to get through for a simple reason ... you are busy taking care of patients, documentation and all the other activities of being a doctor.

They pile up on the list and proceed to suck you dry on your off days -- when you try to complete as many as possible in your "free time". They take up WAY TOO MUCH of your down time -- your recharge time - your LIFE.

Work is busy enough. Ideally home is relaxing ... NOT just a different flavor of overwhelm.

In this blog post let me show you a way to rapidly restore a sense of balance and control by delegating your punch list to people who are more qualified, are eager to help you and can free you up to grow and maintain a real life outside of work. 

I will show you our Master List of delegatable tasks and a Six Step Plan to Get Started Now. 

Understand one thing -- this is the shortest path to a better quality of life.

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Stop Physician Burnout - Money can buy happiness

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Stop Physician Burnout - New research shows money can by happiness if you spend like this ...

A trio of new studies released this month give us research evidence to answer the age old question, "Can money buy happiness?"

They give us a glimpse into a fundamental relationship between TIME - MONEY and HAPPINESS we can use to our advantage to prevent physician burnout, because ... 

Every study came to the same conclusion

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Physician Heal Thyself - NOT - do these things instead

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

"Physician heal thyself "
Luke 4:23

This bible quote is the single most inappropriate phrase uttered in any conversation about physician burnout.

  Often it masquerades as a witty comeback when blaming a physician for being a human being.

IMHO, these three words are not applicable to anything about the causes or prevention of physician burnout.

To look a suffering doctor in the eye and harummph "physician heal thyself" is the apex of hypocrisy - especially if the speaker is not a doctor - and it needs to stop now. 

In this blog post let me show you why this meme is completely off the mark -- and five actions you can take that will actually prevent physician burnout -- much more effectively than any attempt at physician heal thyself - whatever the heck that is supposed to mean. 

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