Call Me Dr. Golden Goose

According to a 2019 Managed Healthcare Executive survey, consumer experience slotted in the number one priority spot, collectively followed by: improved data analytics, market growth, talent acquisition, new service innovation, health plan innovation, and operational efficiency.

Where the hell is Physician Wellness????

Physician wellness in 2019 MUST be a top priority, hands down, no questions asked, threat level midnight!

But it’s not by incorporating more yoga and mindfulness. (Yes, there is a lot of personal healing/self-development that needs to be done to help physicians on an individual level with the trauma of simply being as a physician.)

But it’s so much greater.

I call for a total fundamental shift in organizational mindset/culture. Because remember, health/wellness is not simply the absence of disease.

The story “The Goose and the Golden Egg” comes to my mind I think of the roles of administrators dealing with “productive” physicians. Remember, the farmer in the story profits greatly each morning from his golden goose. But being impatient with just the one, reliable golden egg daily, he kills his goose and finds nothing.

Organizations must stop demanding more production and simply start caring for and protecting their greatest assets, their people…their physicians who every day show up and deliver a quality egg.

We can’t give what we don’t have and most docs are stretched beyond the breaking point.  So, protect your people because a happy, purpose-filled doctor will be a higher quality team member.

And hey, throw this grey goose a little more corn some time!

Errin Weisman DO can be found at truthrxs.com

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Errin Weisman DO

Errin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster and fierce advocate for wellness in medicine. She faced professional burnout early in her career and speaks openly about about her story in order to help others, particularly female physicians and working moms, know they are not alone. Dr. Weisman wholeheartedly believes to be a healer, you must first fill your own cup. She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer’s wife, athlete and mother of three.You can find out more about Dr. Weisman on her podcast Doctor Me First, her website truthrxs.com or hang out with her on social media @truthrxs. Her podcast is “Doctor Me First”. 

  3 comments for “Call Me Dr. Golden Goose

  1. Rick Singel
    April 29, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Aaahh, the magnificent Medical-Industrial Complex. In existence to some degree since Teddy Kennedy invented HMOs. Put on mega steroids by Obama’s “Affordable” Care Act. Under which, physicians became indentured.
    I so remember when there were Physicians and there were hospitals. There were dentists in their own offices.
    I can’t tell you how dullard politicians, meddling in our affairs, not just health care, send me into fits of rage!

  2. RSW
    April 29, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Sorry, but any physician who is begging “Managed Healthcare Executives” to please make them well is probably beyond help . . .

    As long as physicians voluntarily agree to employment with corporations that offer miserable working conditions, they will be . . . miserable.

    How about let’s stop being victims?

  3. Steve O'
    April 29, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Medicine has been restructured under the retail model. There have been attempts to do this over the century, but it took the rise of national megalithic corporations to successfully eat up medicine. The big players are Big Pharma, Big Insurance, and Retail/Corporate Pharma, which runs the Wal-Mart clinics where the new provider factory workers toil. If a Wal-Doc collapses, retires or suicides, HR can spin a new McDoc in within a week.
    “Wellness” has no measurable statistic in technocracy; therefore it’s irrelevant. It’s a HR buzzword. The unwell are shuffled off if they can’t pay. Why treat providers differently?
    Retail, by Norm Feuti shows the future of medicine in 5 years. Rather than having sales clerks walking around asking customers “May I help you?” there will be rooms of televideo kiosks in the mall, a dozen or two, where patients can select out the best-looking-doctory-type medclerk/doctor to do their televisit. As brick-and-mortar malls are dying, of course, televisits will be available online with prices.
    Everything seems simple if you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. That’s why the most dangerous thing for deployed soldiers is an idiot general on their own side.

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