Stress and Anxiety I get a lot of questions in my private practice about stress and anxiety. Questions like, “How do I know if I am just feeling stressed out or if I have anxiety?” “Is there a difference?” I can say with confidence—everyone experiences one or both at one time or another.
Impact of Stress Whether it’s a deadline at work, a full schedule of after school activities, or simply not having enough time in the day, we all experience stress. We know stress is bad for our health – it can negatively impact our mood, increase anxiety and even increase our blood pressure. However, did you know stress can [...]
How do you recognize when a physician is experiencing burnout? Given the high demands of contemporary medical practice and the extreme pressures physicians work under, you might think burnout would be most clearly signaled by a blowup—“I can’t take this anymore!”
When do healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&As) struggle? When the acquired practice and practitioners and the acquiring organization reach an impasse over the changes, we start to see morale, well being and quality of care suffer. But failure can be averted, or reversed, if you follow some proven principles.
To Make a Merger or Acquisition Work, Put Yourself in the Other Party’s Shoes As more and more solo practitioners and independent practices choose to join healthcare organizations and as organizations themselves merge, some struggle is inevitable. After all, two different cultures are coming into contact and sometimes these [...]
Build a Culture of Physician Well Being to Fight Burnout When a physician is experiencing burnout, he or she can become a liability for the healthcare organization as well as an impaired provider of care for their patients. Burned-out physicians may behave capriciously and make medical errors impacting the operation and [...]
If there’s a single value most important in forestalling physician burnout—and supporting physician resilience in general—it’s open and honest communication between physicians and their leaders. From the leadership side, promoting good communication requires paying attention on two levels: the institutional and the [...]
In our article “How to Lead the Way Toward Physician Well Being,” Craig Uthe, MD, medical director of physician well being at Sanford Family Medicine in South Dakota, defines resilience as “being able to persevere through the trials, tribulations, hurdles and obstacles of the medical practice.”1