Physicians: You Need to be Skilled in Interpersonal Communications and Set Clear Expectations

Physicians: Set clear expectations with your staff, colleagues, patients, and anyone you supervise. If you struggle with this skill, improve it as part of your professional development. Doing so will increase your effectiveness and enjoyment of medicine. Getting started A simple guide for getting started appears in an article by Janice Sabatine, PhD, Managerial Effectiveness: A Quick Guide to Setting Clear Expectations. She says that during your training, you reach your professional level as a result of your many strengths and despite your...

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Confessions of a Pro-Social Psychopath: Physicians, Your Quirks Are Key to Greater Professional Fulfillment

We all have quirks–a tendency to dominate, criticize, become inpatient, act as if our judgment is the best, or overlook the needs of others. Some of these helped us survive training and early professional life. But later on they may interfere with the team play and communication necessary for professional fulfillment. These behaviors endure because our training doesn’t emphasize effective communication and how to get along with others. It encourages us to think independently, master facts, and become technically competent –...

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Philosophy of Success and Structure of my signature physician coaching program

I’m Daniel Hayes, MD, Executive Coach for Physicians. I assist physicians return balance to their life or improve their leadership. My signature one-on-one coaching program is called Physician Performance Advantage. Structure The structure of this six-month program has four phases: 1. Discovery The first phase, Discovery, occurs prior to an actual face-to-face meeting. My clients complete several tools, including an assessment of how they response to challenges and what motivate them. Then, if appropriate, I interview some of their...

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Physician Leaders – Worried About Leading? The Path Was Never So Clear

Doctor, are you eager to make changes in your department or clinic but worry about where to begin? Look no further! A legendary 8-step process for effectively leading change, first described by John Kotter in 1995 and now available in his new book Leading Change (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012), is a great guide for physicians willing to lead new initiatives or add leadership to their list of competencies. And for those who love algorithms? Wow! Not only will this book inspire you, it will give you tools to lead and inspire others....

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Self-care for ER Physicians: Practical Strategies to reduce physician stress and burnout

I found the following discussion of practical strategies on ER physician self-care by Golberg and Barnosky (2009) very interesting. My signature program of physician coaching promotes many of them. The maintenance of wellness is critical in achieving a satisfying and productive career as a competent emergency physician. Wellness can be defined as the optimal state of health and well-being achieved through the active prevention of illness. Emergency medicine as a specialty was still in its formative years when concerns first surfaced regarding...

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