One of the most effective, albeit overlooked, “actions” a physician leader can implement in their day-to-day world of management is to take one minute, one a week to acknowledge the work of their staff, team members and colleagues.
The Gallup Organization’s research on what makes good managers effective—as discussed in their classic book, “First Break All the Rules”—is clear on what drives results, productivity and employee satisfaction. Team members who have an opportunity to apply their natural skills and talents and be acknowledged for their contributions are what make successful organizations!
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Source: Physician’s Life Online E-Zine Dealing with Burnout
Dr. Gaillour was interviewed for Physician’s Life online magazine on the topic of physician burnout.Â Her response to the question of how physicians can deal with burnout were surprising:
Dr. Gaillour: Let me first say that I don’t like the term “burnout.” Itâ€™s a pessimistic, throw-in-the-towel kind of term. Iâ€™d rather talk about fulfillment. Rather than say “How do you cure burnout?” ask “How do you feel more fulfilled and get yourself closer to joy?” Every physician I’ve coached is still very hopeful about creating a more fulfilling situation for themselves.
Many physicians were called to medicine by a soul-driven desire to be of service, and they find they are not as content as they were when they started on their journey. But it doesn’t mean they have to chuck it all. I think leaving clinical practice for most physicians is the wrong decision. Often the lack of fulfillment has little to do with patient load.
There are opportunities to become fully joyful. I categorize those opportunities in three areas. Depending on the physician, it may be just one of these areas where a change is more impactful.
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This is an excellent, thoughtful essay by Dr. Atul Gawande on the avalanche of unnecessary often harmful care that we physicians are inflicting on patients, and that families and taxpayers are tolerating.
How can we transform the situation.
Millions of people get tests, drugs, and operations that won’t make them better, may cause harm, and cost billions.
Source: America’s Epidemic of Unnecessary Care – The New Yorker