A quarter of US physicians are over 65 and about 11 percent of the active medical labor force is between 65 and 75. Accordingly, a lot of attention has been focused on how organizations can make sure aging practitioners are still cognitively and physically able to perform at a level ensuring patient safety and optimal [...]
A Merger or Acquisition (M&A) can quickly become “toxic” if the two entities merging don’t understand each other’s needs and priorities. In healthcare, the practitioners being acquired struggle with new systems and processes.
When Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) happen in healthcare, it’s inevitable the physicians and advanced practitioners new to the acquiring organization are going to feel stress. They have to learn new rules, procedures, altered schedules, productivity requirements, sometimes even a new EMR and a host of other factors, along [...]
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 [...]
Physician burnout is bred in isolation and silence. Practitioners suffering from it typically feel alone with their problems and are often hesitant to communicate their growing feelings of overwhelm, emotional exhaustion, lack of fulfillment and cynicism. But alert leaders can head off burnout by promoting a workplace culture [...]
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
There’s no constant like change in healthcare today. Shifts in technology and compliance, such as the adaptation of Electronic Medical Records, have been shown to be a major source of stress for physicians. “Electronic Medical Records require much more attention of the physician than [record-keeping] did before,” says Craig [...]
Physician leaders play an important role in building a culture of well being in their healthcare organization. Caring, effective leadership is essential for addressing physician and advanced practitioner stress and burnout. Leadership conversations and setting a positive example of well being can dramatically impact a [...]
When physicians are having difficulty managing stress or maintaining well being, speaking with a physician peer coach could provide a number of benefits. Often, communicating with someone who’s been in a similar situation can foster a greater sense of connection and make suggestions more meaningful.
Effective communication is important. Effective communication is important in all areas of your life. It allows you to build healthy relationships and prevents misperceptions of your intent by those with whom you live and work. Improving your communication skills can start a ripple effect positively impacting your career, [...]