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Dike Drummond MD - Physician Burnout and Leadership Expert

“The physician burnout epidemic in our healthcare providers is a completely predictable result of their medical training and the generally accepted definition of “success”. AND it is both a Treatable AND PREVENTABLE Condition.”

Dike Drummond MD is an expert on physician burnout prevention and physician leadership development and the CEO of TheHappyMD.com with over 8300 physician members in 63 countries around the world. His new book: "Stop Physician Burnout - what to do when working harder ... isn't working" is the first step-by-step guide for any physician in any specialty to create a more ideal practice and a more balanced life.

He is a Mayo trained Family Practice Physician and executive coach with extensive experience in Medicine, Leadership, Coaching and Personal & Business Development. Dike graduated from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota in 1984 and completed his Family Practice Residency at the Shasta Cascade Program in Redding, California in 1987. Dr. Drummond practiced full spectrum Family Medicine for 11 years as a member of the Skagit Valley Medical Center in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was also their Chairman of the Executive Committee and Managed Care Medical Director.

He left his full time medical practice in 1999 to become COO of Superteams, LLC providing Leadership and Facilitation training to Lean Six Sigma Black Belts in all branches of the US Military. He is a certified Life and Business coach with extensive experience in personal and business development with physicians and entrepreneurs over the last 10 years

Dr. Drummond has consulted with or been a featured speaker for Kaiser Permanente Northwest, MD Anderson Cancer Center, McKesson US Oncology Network, The Group Practice Improvement Network, the AAFP, the ACPE, the Minnesota Medical Association, and many more. His writings on Burnout Prevention, Leadership and Work Life Balance have been published extensively online at Huffington Post.com, KevinMD.com as well as publications such as Medical Economics, Physician’s Practice and AMA News.

Dr. Drummond can be reached through his website www.thehappymd.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage Press Publications, LLC (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937660346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937660345
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Stop Physician Burnout" is an incredibly useful book not only for physicians grappling with burnout (30-50% of the physician workforce!) but also for all those who work and live with physicians and who can help implement changes that will significantly lessen its prevalence.

Dr. Drummond’s acknowledgement of his burnout set the tone for authenticity, honestly putting it out there and letting us know he understands it experientially, not just academically. Likewise his portrayal of his coaching discussion with a new physician coachee (“Mike”) – in his initial session, Mike reveals his practice partner’s suicide the preceding week and how, with that stunning recognition of the reality of the high-stressed lives they have led, he thought he really ought to take a serious look at his own burnout. Mike’s story portrays the stark reality of burnout straight on, and its severe consequences when unaddressed. And it gives permission for docs to acknowledge their own degree of demoralization and begin the process of honestly exploring their own state of weardown. 

He provides a succinct overview of the burnout phenomenon – what it is, its core causes, what it “feels like,” and how it might serve a beneficial purpose.

His analysis of the dynamics of burnout in the context of the physician mindset is succinct and right on target. Essentially, because of our training, i.e. our well-intentioned but ultimately maladaptive “stress hardening,” we’ve internalized two core operating principles: a) the patient’s needs always come first; and b) you’re a loser if you show signs of stress. Powerful conditioning, indeed! He explores five maladaptive beliefs that have to be reworked if one is to successfully negotiate oneself through burnout.
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This is a great book. Dr. Drummond has written a potent prescription to combat physician burnout. In his lucid and pragmatic style, Dike has come up with simple actions that will benefit nearly anyone living a stressful life. He also offers a healthy dose of preventative medicine that should be required reading for students, residents, and practicing physicians as well as health care policy makers. He has done the entire profession a great service.
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Dike Drummond is one of us, a member of the Cult of Hippocrates, a disciple of Aesclepius. He understands the lofty goals and aspirations of the physician, the idealism, the ambition, the sacrifice, the stress, the astronomical cost of a medical education, the unceasing attempt to juggle the overwhelming demands of patient care, continuing self-education, tyrannical bureaucracy, bottom-feeding malpractice attorneys, licensure and board-certification requirements, constant exposure to human pain and suffering, personal sacrifice of sleep, leisure and health, and guilt over the sacrifices demanded of loved ones.

Dike has been through burnout and emerged as a strong, creative, focused, and caring individual who has already helped thousands of fellow physicians through his blog, website, and public speaking. With creativity, substance, encouragement, honest personal sharing and self-reflection, and case histories that we can all identify with, this book can serve as guide out of powerlessness and physical, emotional, and spiritual depletion, toward a self-determined, fulfilling, and sustainable career path.
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This is an important book for doctors. Too many doctors-in UK and internationally are burnt out. It's estimated 1 in 3 doctors are burnt out at any point in time. Nearly all doctors have had periods of burnout during their career. It's an occupational risk in many settings- and medicine is one of the most obvious professions to suffer widely and deeply from it. The author is a doctor, and works with doctors, but what he describes in doctors can be seen in several other settings- law enforcement and military settings come to mind immediately, but it can catch people in many other jobs. What Drummond says here for doctors can be adapted to other burnout settings readily.

Burnout matters for many reasons. Christina Maslach (of the inventory) describes burnout as "an erosion of the soul caused by a deterioration of one's values, dignity, spirit and will." It matters to the affected individual because it is unpleasant in its own right, and also because it sets the ground for more serious subsequent problems- mental health issues such as depression, suicide, alcohol and drug problems. It sets the ground for social problems such as relationship breakdown. It sets the ground for work place issues to arise.

It matters more widely because illness in a professional such as a doctor is not just an individual tragedy to the affected doctor but is also a risk to the wider world- their patients,their colleagues, their organisations, their families. Burnt out doctors are more likely to make mistakes, in basic politeness, and in their medicine, run up complaints, run up negligence suits, become disruptive at work, end up with regulatory problems.
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