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.

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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

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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

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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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Stop Physician Burnout - the Quadruple Aim Prime Directive for Physician Leaders

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Stop Physician Burnout - the Quadruple Aim Prime Directive for Physician Leaders

The modern physician burnout epidemic is a sign that doctors are at a tipping point ... as in tipping over the edge of a cliff. You think burnout is bad now ... project a future where we simply continue dumping additional responsibilities on their backs as usual.

The Quadruple Aim has the potential to turn the tide of stress and burnout, but only if we can bridge the gulf between UNDERSTANDING the Quadruple Aim and actually IMPLEMENTING it.

Let me show you a powerful way to bring the Quadruple Aim to life in your organization with a simple Prime Directive for Healthcare Leaders.

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Stop Physician Burnout: 3 Things Men can do to end Unconscious Gender Bias in the Healthcare Workplace

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Stop Physician Burnout: 3 Things Men can do to End Unconscious Gender Bias in the Healthcare Workplace

With more women graduating from medical schools and residency programs every year, the healthcare workplace is becoming more and more gender diverse at the top. It is extremely rare these days to see a wing/ward/department that is staffed 100% with male physicians. With some of our corporate clients, these days employee physician groups can actually have female physicians in a clear majority. 

With this gender shift in full swing, you would think unconscious gender bias against women would be rolling towards extinction ... dwindling away and dying with a whimper as the shards of the glass ceiling tumble to the floor ... right? Not so in my experience. 

I have previously written about unconscious workplace gender bias directed against female physicians here.

In this post, let me show you three simple actions male physicians can take to dramatically reduce the unconscious gender bias in your workplace. Two of the three are simply things to stop doing.  

NOTE:
If you are a woman, please read on to make sure you are not guilty of any of these gender bias reinforcing behaviors yourself. 

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Addressing the Physician Burnout Epidemic – over 10,000 Doctors Trained to Recognize and Prevent Burnout in 2016

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2016 Year in Review at TheHappyMD.com [Press Release]

Burnout is rampant among American doctors, with recent studies showing as many as 54% of practicing physicians suffering from at least one symptom of this syndrome(1). Burned out doctors make more mistakes, provide lower quality care, get sued more often and have lower levels of patient satisfaction. (2)

The problem has worsened to the point that the CEO of the Mayo Clinic – John Noseworthy MD – recently advised that patients fire their doctor if they sense the physician is burned out, because it is “Not worth the risk of being treated by an impaired physician”. (3)

What should doctors and the organizations that employ them do to address this epidemic?

TheHappyMD.com, Seattle, Washington 1/5/2017

Dike Drummond MD, CEO and Founder of TheHappyMD.com announced today that he personally delivered the Burnout Proof Live Workshop to over 10,000 physicians, in 300 separate trainings, for 48 corporate clients in the calendar year of 2016.

This flagship workshop teaches the signs, symptoms, causes and effects of physician burnout. Attendees also learn how to recognize burnout in themselves and others and how to both reach out for and accept support.

“All physicians graduate with a gaping hole in their medical education around stress management and burnout prevention. Our workshop fills that hole in a public forum and starts to shift the culture of the organization.

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Stop Physician Burnout - Book Review - Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership

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Stop Physician Burnout - Book Review

The Canadian Society of Physician Leaders recently reviewed our book Stop Physician Burnout in their CJPL Journal ... in what I will characterize as glowing terms. 

It is great to see an official review of a self-published book like ours. We have over 25,000 copies in print at this point, helping doctors around the world build their burnout prevention strategy. It is about time an official body of some kind recognized the value of this approach. 

Excerpts from the review:

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