Book Sample




Are you facing some or all of these cringe worthy physician pain points?

  • Accountable Care Organization (ACO)
  • Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
  • Meaningful Use (MU1, 2, 3…)
  • Electronic Health Record (EMR)
  • Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
  • “Value Based Care” (PQRS, etc)

If you cringed as you were reading this list with its alphabet soup of abbreviations, you may be one of the 46% of practicing physicians who reported feeling burned out from the profession of medicine. If not, give it time – after all, only 40% of docs reported feeling burned out two years ago, with the number experiencing burnout only expected to increase.

Physician burnout is a serious problem. The practice of medicine has become increasingly stressful; in addition to actual medical care, which has become ever more complex with advancing science and technology, physicians have been forced to navigate an unprecedented political and economic climate.

Just take a look at a sampling of programs above that physicians have been forced into over the last few years. Each requires an enormous amount of work and expense on the part of the physician, despite the lack of clear scientific evidence that any of them benefit the health care system.

And this increased stress has taken its toll on physicians. Burnout leads to a constellation of negative consequences, causing harm not only to physicians in the form of increased depression, alcohol abuse, and suicide, but also to our patients through decreased quality of care, increased medical errors, and a decreased physician work-force.[ii]

Whether you’re just starting your journey in residency or you’re a seasoned pro, you may be experiencing burnout, struggling to remember why you wanted to become a physician in the first place. Charting and never-ending paperwork may be just starting to beat you down, or perhaps you’ve resigned yourself to a life of prior authorizations, declining reimbursement, and 10-minute visits while fantasizing about the unlikely possibility of an early retirement.

Good news: There is a way to take back control of your life and your profession. The secret lies in learning to become a Rock Star Physician!

The results: Get out of work earlier, spend less time on needless documentation, and make your patients happier by following the rules of Rock Star physicians. Using these simple strategies, you will learn to modify your “on-stage” behavior to get the most out of each patient encounter, maximizing profit while improving patient satisfaction, and protecting yourself from burnout and compassion fatigue.

Learn the secrets and “work-arounds” that the busiest and most in-demand physicians use to create an organized, efficient, and positive patient experience:

  • 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

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