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Dike Drummond, M.D.
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Dike Drummond MD

I help Physicians Lower Stress - Beat Burnout - Become More Effective Leaders -- So that YOU can be a Happy MD

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Over the last 20 years surveys have show an average of 1 in 3 doctors suffer from burnout on any given office day ... worldwide, regardless of specialty. This epidemic of burnout and overwhelming stress among physicians is a preventable and a treatable "disease" of Modern Healthcare.

Dike Drummond MD and teach the skills of self awareness, mindfulness, work life balance and collaborative leadership, helping doctors and other health professionals create a more fulfilling and joyful life.

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Physician Burnout: Will ICD-10 Drive You Over the Edge?

(2) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 1:10 PM

Don't let the additional work of ICD-10 drive you into physician burnout

In my work with hundreds of over stressed and burned out physicians, one thing is constant. Documentation is always one of their biggest sources of stress.

In fact, if you ask the average working doctor to make...

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Our eHealth Love Affair Is Going to Hurt People

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 8:43 AM

I am disturbed by the current starry-eyed love affair with technology in health care. This blind faith in computers over physicians is destined to have tragic outcomes in the rare cases when machines cannot replace a face to face encounter with a living, breathing physician.

The "Future of Health Care"...

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Doctor-Patient Communication: What to Do When a Patient Says Thank You

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Let me show you four simple steps -- requiring just 15 seconds -- that will turn a thank you into a two-way healing encounter of the highest order.

It is so easy for "thank you" from a patient to slip by in the bustle of a busy day in...

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Work-Life Balance: Three Power Tips

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 7:47 AM

Here are three quick action steps to help you create more work life balance this week -- field tested and doctor approved.

Work-life balance is key to preventing burnout , but exactly HOW do you create balance in the first place?

I am an executive coach to hundreds of...

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Code Lavender and Preventing PTSD in Health Care

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 9:13 PM

You have heard of code blue and code red. Well, there's a new code in town: code lavender.

Code lavender is a code the hospital staff can call for themselves when they are being overloaded by stress and traumatic events on a particular work day.

When code lavender is triggered,...

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Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet (In an Hour or Less)

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2013 | 8:18 PM

Here at the end of 2013 is the very best opportunity to devote some time (about an hour in this case) to planning 2014 as your best year yet.

This blog contains the 2014 Breakthrough Process Worksheet to help you do just that.. . set up 2014 as a year...

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The Difference: Time Off vs. Work-Life Balance

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Work-life balance is more than just taking time off or going on vacation. If it feels like you are drowning at work, you need way more than a few breaths at the surface to give yourself any kind of meaningful recovery.

Here are three keys to using time off, holidays...

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9 Reasons Doctors Hate Their EMR

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 9:48 AM

If you have visited your physician in the last five years, you probably noticed how they do their best to give you their full attention -- while simultaneously trying to document your conversation on the keyboard of a computer or tablet.

It is illegal to text and drive at the...

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The Double Tragedy of Medicine's Battlefield Mentality

(12) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 9:56 PM

Bad things happen to doctors all the time... despite our best intentions and all the technology of modern medicine. In some ways tragedy is unavoidable for a physician, but what happens next is a product of the conditioning of our medical education. In the time of our greatest need, we...

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Job Burnout Is a Risk for Heart Disease

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 8:43 AM

A research paper published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine in 2012 is showing a solid link between job burnout and the risk of coronary heart disease for the first time. This new information shows a connection that has been suspected for decades and adds to the list of...

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Give Up on Physician Wellness -- Focus Here Instead

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Let's abandon the struggle for physician wellness and just let doctors do what they do best.

In response to the chronic epidemic of physician burnout -- 1 in 3 doctors is suffering from burnout on any given office day -- there is a lot of talk about physician...

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Are Doctors the Canary in the Coal Mine of Medicine?

(98) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Back in the day, coal miners always carried a canary with them in a small cage whenever they would go down in the mine. The canary is a very talkative bird, always singing and tweeting in a constant background noise. Canaries have one more characteristic important to a miner.


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Antibiotics and the Common Cold: How to Just Say No

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 3:30 PM

"The best way to treat the common cold is with contempt" -- Willam Osler

Studies, medical societies and position papers are unanimous in their condemnation of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for the common cold, but not a single voice tells us how to do that.

How do you talk with...

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Compassion Fatigue Is a Call to Action

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 3:40 PM

For anyone in the helping professions, compassion fatigue is a common occurrence and a clear signal to take better care of your own needs. Compassion fatigue is when you find yourself challenged to care about your patients in the way you know is proper and expected in your position. One...

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Why Doctors Make Lousy Leaders and Three Ways to Get Better Quickly

(4) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 10:31 AM

Why do doctors make such lousy leaders? In this modern era of health care innovation and change, it is typically the physicians who have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future rather than taking their natural leadership role in improving health care.

There are three built-in blind...

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Building the Doctor's 'Off' Switch

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 5:00 PM

One of the reasons work/life balance is so difficult for physicians is the missing "off switch" on our doctor programming. We are trained so thoroughly over such a long time how to be "on" as a doctor that our physician programming can dominate our entire lives, running continuously both at...

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Burnout Presents Differently in Male and Female Doctors

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 4:43 PM

Numerous studies have shown that an average of 1 in 3 practicing physicians is suffering from symptomatic burnout on any given office day, worldwide, regardless of specialty.

Burnout is the canary in the coal mine of modern health care. There is no other profession where the health of...

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Can Digital Medicine Exert a Placebo Effect?

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Is the placebo effect something that demands the presence of a living human -- or can we program it into a cell phone app? What happens to health care if we can?

I must admit I have always been fascinated by the concept of placebos. You give a research subject...

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Why Your Doctor Isn't Listening and What You Can Do About It

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 2:20 PM

A common complaint about physicians on the Internet is, "They didn't listen to me." You were sitting in the office and the doctor was physically present in the room, but they weren't all there. Even worse is when the doctor doesn't try to understand what you are going through. Sometimes...

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Medical Price Transparency Could Save the U.S. $36 Billion Annually

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 4:40 PM

In most markets around the U.S., patients are finding a new wave of cash discounting in prices for health care procedures and services. Cash discounts can be up to 89 percent in some cases as long as you know how to play the discount game.

- If you...

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