FOR CLINICAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS
“How to be a Rock Star Doctor” shows doctors how to get on-stage to achieve clinical and professional success, while avoiding burnout. The key is to follow the Rebekah Bernard’s Rock Star rules for running a successful practice that delights patients and delivers financial and emotional rewards to the physician.
“This is well-written, accessible and useful, not only for students, residents and new docs but also for seasoned docs struggling with the complexities of today’s health care system.”
— Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP, President of the California Academy of Family Physicians
“I want to give this book to all of my physician patients, especially those who struggle with time management. A must read for any novice practitioner as well as the seasoned physician who needs to reboot their practice.”
– Steven Cohen, PsyD, The Center for Psychology
The Rock Star rules teach the physician to:
· Convey the qualities that are the most important to patients, leading to clinical success
· Organize and control the office visit to maximize the patient and physician agendas
· Optimize time management by the use of clinical tools such as the “Problem List” and Evidence-Based-Medicine (EBM)
· Focus on physician-patient “face-to-face” time to maximize profitability
· Overcome the challenges of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) on the physician-patient relationship with time-saving methods such as customizable forms
· Cope with emotionally challenging patients by learning to show empathy, even when you don’t feel it
· Use psychology to maintain your mental health and find work-life balance
Learn The Rock Star Rules
1. Anytime you are with a patient, remember that you are on-stage.
Learn how to portray the image of an ideal doctor – affable, confident, and caring, even when you’re not feeling your best. Getting on-stage is the key to clinical success, and getting off-stage efficiently is the solution to preventing burnout.
2. When in doubt, ask yourself: “Is this in the best interest of my patient(s)?”
Learn to keep your practice patient- focused – but when considering the best interest of patients the Rock Star physician must also emphasize self-care.
3. Be available.
Become more accessible to your patients by practicing techniques that minimize time spent on administrative tasks. Learn to develop a schedule that balances patient needs with physician mental health.
4. Listen to your patients
Learn how to listen actively, a simple technique to balance efficiency with patient satisfaction.
5. Learn how to show empathy
Empathy is a key to clinical success and reducing physician burnout. Learn how to demonstrate the quality of empathy to patients.
6. Make the ‘Problem List’ your best friend
Creating a refined problem list will allow you to use clinical time efficiently and effectively, improving productivity and allowing you to focus on the patient rather than the chart.
7. Learn to document an exam just by looking
Practice the art of the extremely directed physical examination to save time on unnecessary and uselessly invasive exams.
8. Health maintenance: Every visit, every time.
All patients deserve essential evidence-based preventive care. Learn how to easily incorporate health maintenance into each office visit.
9. Maximize patient-physician face-to-face time
Learn techniques that limit non-clinical physician responsibilities to maximize profitability and decrease burnout.
10. You don’t need to know all the answers, just where to find them
Create customizable tools and learn about resources that can help optimize evidence-based-medicine during the office visit.
11. Don’t sell yourself short!
Learn to serve as an advocate by educating the community, including your political representatives, and by ensuring adequate compensation for your labor.
12. Make your mental health a priority
Take steps to prioritize your own mental and physical health. Help to remove the stigma of seeking psychological care and emphasize the importance of continual self-growth and nurturing.