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On Coaching Physicians to Become Leaders

Four great coaching points Dr. Winters and I would love to put an exclamation point on the "ask more than tell" advice.

In a clinical setting the doctor "gives orders" whereupon the team obeys and patients comply. That default top down, command and control style is a disaster in an official leadership role. It fails to tap the skills and experience of your team and leaves the doctor at the top of the pyramid working too hard thinking they have to come up with the answer by themselves. It is just another facet of our "lone ranger" programming.

The big change comes when the physician understands the concept of CONTEXT and the power of open ended questions. The leader is responsible for creating a context and asking the questions so the team addresses the team's challenges. It is a 180 shift in awareness for most doctors who don't recognize their clinician skill set is sabotaging their leadership effectiveness.

So much more to talk about in this rich topic isn't there? I will stop here

Dike
Dike Drummond MD
http://www.TheHappyMD.com

October 15, 2013    View Comment    

On Concierge Medicine Will be Driven by Looming Doctor Shortage

Thanks for the comment scoombs and I am not blaming anyone. The affordable care act just exposes what it would take to care for the uninsured to receive service. The US is actually a massively medically underserved nation -- the ACA just exposes by just how much we are NOT covering our people.

No blame I assure you. Just a notice. Something that focuses attention on old issues in a new way. I am not blaming anyone.


Dike
Dike Drummond MD
http://www.thehappymd.com

 

September 17, 2012    View Comment    

On Cost of Healthcare and Average Life Expectancy World Averages show USA a MASSIVE Outlier – InfoGraphic

Hey Jerry thanks for the comment,

I am not making an argument for nationalizing healthcare. That would be a projection on your part.

I clearly state in my text prior to the infographic "this average life expectancy vs. cost of healthcare infographic gives you a visual demonstration of how far outside worldwide averages that the USA costs lie".

I also clearly state, "If you believe that life expectancy has any connection at all with the quality of a nation’s healthcare system … you have to question whether we are getting our money’s worth." Notice there is a big IF at the start of that sentence.

This is a visual representation of an outlier statistic. It is up to the reader to decide if thay believe DRAMATICALLY higher per capita healthcare expenditures should somehow be reflected in average life expectancy.

You have stated your case and I don't think your argument is invalid. However, For me, 30,000 patient visits later ... it is just grist for the mill and another reason to say ... hmmm, interesting (hear Sergeant Schultz voice when you read that)

Dike

Dike Drummond MD
http://www.thehappymd.com

July 27, 2012    View Comment    

On Electronic Access Increases Test Ordering Behavior

Hey Joan,


I liked the rebuttal and posted this comment just now ...

 

Don't blame

Don't function with assumptions and hypotheses

Let's do as you say and give the test results to the docs in the field ASAP ... and then we can actually study the influence that has on quantity and cost effectiveness in real life.

How can we do that ... no blame, no shame ... just the facts?

Dike
Dike Drummond MD

http://www.thehappymd.com

March 10, 2012    View Comment    

On Imaging Tests Available Stat! The Blame Game Isn’t Necessary

Don't blame

Don't function with assumptions and hypotheses

Let's do as you say and give the test results to the docs in the field ASAP ... and then we can actually study the influence that has on quantity and cost effectiveness in real life.

How can we do that ... no blame, no shame ... just the facts?

Dike
Dike Drummond MD

http://www.thehappymd.com

March 10, 2012    View Comment    

On Physician Burnout: Why it’s not a Fair Fight

ADDENDUM:

I created a Physician Burnout Bibliography to support this article

You can find it here:

http://www.thehappymd.com/physician-burnout-bibliography/

 

Dike
Dike Drummond MD

http://www.thehappymd.com

February 13, 2012    View Comment    

On Patient Satisfaction – Simple Steps Hospitals Can Take

Hey Joan,


I think they have to be performed so that people can "show me the research that proves your assertion" when asked. It is amazing how much common sense actually happens when you don't have to prove it

AND it is amazing how much common sense will be adopted in medicine ONLY WHEN you prove it.

I am glad this study is out there for sure. Keep it in your data banks.

Dike

DikeDrummond MD

http://www.thehappymd.com

February 9, 2012    View Comment