Become the Eye of the Storm With this Guided Meditation (CME)

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Eye of the Storm Lessons - this is your home base. 

#2 of the Seven Habits of Physician Wellbeing is "Be the Eye of the Storm".

Most of us are so used to being hassled, harried, overwhelmed and bothered by the WHIRLWIND of the day-to-day practice of medicine -- that the ability to remain calm seems ridiculous or like a distant fantasy.

That is exactly why I created "The Lake" Guided Meditation to help you find your way back.
You can listen or download the audio below.

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Physician's Search for Meaning and the Business of Medicine

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

The fundamental conflict and a proven process for a way forward, in three brief chapters


Chapter 1

Physician's Search for Meaning

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Physicians are all Lightworkers in a Whirlwind

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physicians are Lightworkers

We made a choice long ago to ally our professional career to the forces of Light in the universe ... battling specific forces of Darkness - illness, suffering, death and dying.

Every day an invisible, swirling wall blocks us from helping and healing and making the difference we dreamed of when we went to medical school

We are LIGHTWORKERS in a daily WHIRLWIND and this is the main cause of burnout at the level of heart, soul and spirit.

I reveal and narrate this battle in this 3 Minute Video  

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The US Healthcare System is Built on the Backs of Burned Out Doctors **

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

And it just does not have to be this way.

63% of physicians are burned out in the latest survey. This is twice the historical background rate of burnout prior to the year 2000. 

It is a modern epidemic and a plague upon US healthcare. It should wake CEO's up in a cold sweat across the nation every night at 3 AM.

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Feeling Disrespected by Your Current Employer? Take these Two Steps.

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Adversity does not build character ... it reveals it.

In the heat of the pandemic and now in the short staffing crisis that dominates most markets ... physicians, nurses and all front line staff have revealed their character

In the face of complete chaos and overwhelm, you have doubled your efforts to make a difference. You

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Female Physician Gender Bias and Status Leveling Burden at Work

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

PhysiciansOnPurpose [ POP ] Podcast #62

Watch or Listen as Dr. Teresa Cardador PhD and I discuss " Status Leveling Burden " an old source of gender bias for female physicians with a new name.

In the medical profession, women physicians are automatically assigned a position of inferior status compared to their male colleagues. Women physicians also run into challenges to their status from female nurses on the job site.

Status leveling burden is a set of behaviors all female physicians must perfect in order to up-level their status with regards to these two groups on the practice site. 

1) Male physicians. Men are automatically granted higher status purely virtue of their gender. Women physicians must work to bring themselves up to the level of status and respect of their male colleagues. It takes finesse, practice and effort.

2) Female nurses. There is an additional set of behaviors women physicians must master in order to maintain status with Female Nurses on the practice site. Again, these specific communications and acts of kindness take finesse, practice and additional effort that male physicians need not expend at work.

This was a great discussion for women and men alike with the lead researcher from a new study, Dr. Teresa Cardador PhD. This is a set of behaviors that make it harder for female residents to make it through training and can drive female physicians right out of medicine in some cases. We have all seen them. Now we have a name to aid our discussions of how to respond.

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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

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

One of the key features of physician burnout 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 is the solution to physician burnout?
  2. What can I do to solve this, make it go away and get on with my career and my life?

Because our questions are simple, we assume a simple answer -- a solution, a magic pill, a one-shot fix -- will come to our rescue.

This is magical thinking and a search that is doomed to fail !

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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Physician burnout, learned helplessness and playing the victim

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician burnout is a normal response to overwhelming stress  

Burnout is a normal response in anyone who chose to be a helper and a healer and is blocked from making enough of a difference in the lives of their patients.

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Doctors Emotionally Abusive Relationship With Our Careers

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

PhysiciansOnPurpose [ POP ] Podcast #60

Dr. Elizabeth Hughes MD and "Doctors Emotionally Abusive Relationship With Our Careers"

Are YOU at Risk?

Learn six parallels between classic abusive romantic relationships and employee physician's often dysfunctional relationship with their career.

This is Episode 60 of our Physicians On Purpose [ POP ] Podcast - with 19,564 downloads to date. 

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Stop Physician Burnout: What to do when working harder isn't working

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

STOP PHYSICIAN BURNOUT Book Review and Summary

"Stop Physician Burnout: What to do when working harder isn't working" by Dr. Dike Drummond

The #1 home study guide to build your own Personal Burnout Prevention Strategy. The ideal "Journal Club" study guide for your whole office. Discounts of 40% on orders of three or more. 

This book is a practical guide based on Dr. Drummond's personal experience of burnout and his 12 year physician coaching practice focused on the prevention and treatment of burnout in doctors.

PRACTICAL TOOLS - NOT an Abstract Academic Discussion

The book keys on practical tools to help physicians recognize, prevent, and recover from burnout.

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