When A Physician Lashes Out Part 4: The Confrontation

The story so far: In episode one, renowned surgeon Dr. Cliff D.’s angry outburst at a nurse and a physician colleague during a procedure prompted HR director Joelle K. to investigate. In episode two, she found nurse Janice L. and attending Dr. Gita K. were “walking on eggshells” in the presence of the volatile surgeon, [...]

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How to Address the Growing Gender Gap in Physician Burnout

Our recently published Physician & Advanced Practitioner Well Being Solutions Survey found a gap exists in the stress levels of male and female physicians. Simply put, female physicians are significantly more stressed than their male counterparts – a concerning trend considering the Association of American Medical Colleges [...]

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Download the Infographic: The Importance of Building a Better Healthcare Team

Teamwork has become crucial in contemporary healthcare and the reasons are multiple. Clinical care is becoming more complex and specialized, forcing medical staffs to attempt complicated health services and quickly learn new methods.

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What do you envision for your financial and professional future?

But first... I would like to remind you of National Doctor’s Day, which is coming up on March 30th. National Doctor’s Day has been recognized nationally since a House and Senate bill was signed by George H.W. Bush in October 1990. The first Doctor’s Day was established by the Barrow County Alliance in Winder, Georgia in 1933 [...]

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When A Physician Lashes Out Part 3: The Dilemma

In episodes one and two of the story, Dr. Cliff D. was overheard shouting at two colleagues during surgery. When HR director Joelle K. carried out interviews and found Dr. D. had ordered nurse Janice L. to remove a retractor and Janice questioned the procedure, prompting Dr. D.’s outburst. After attending physician Dr. Gita [...]

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Five Personal Values for Fostering Effective Care Teams

Promoting high-functioning care teams requires best practices like clear communication, conflict management (see our blog post “Communication In Teams—What Research Says About Improving It” for more on these) and a commitment on the part of institutions to support those practices with policy. There are also specific values [...]

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Communication In Care Teams—What Research Says About Improving It

A high-functioning care team is one in which communication among its members is high-functioning. On the other hand, as Michelle O’Daniel and Alan H. Rosenstein, MD point out, “Lack of communication creates situations where medical errors can occur. These errors have the potential to cause severe injury or unexpected patient [...]

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Are you feeling isolated at work?

“I am not happy in my work,” the young physician announced to me during our first conversation. “I’ve been at this a year, and I still feel uncertain, overwhelmed and it’s simply ‘not enough’ during my clinic days.” She went on to describe what is frequently referred to as the “imposter syndrome” where someone feels they are [...]

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When A Physician Lashes Out Part 2: The Fallout on the Clinical Team

In the first episode of the story, Dr. Cliff D. was overheard directing loud, hard words to two colleagues during surgery. Someone—we’re not sure who—complained to HR director Joelle K., and she interviewed the participants. What emerged was that Dr. D. had ordered nurse Janice L. to remove a retractor, and Janice was [...]

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