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Spring 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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24 S PRIN g 2019 PracticeLink.com ▼ T HE J O b S E A r CH ISSUE D E P A R T M E N T S Career Move M arc I a T ra V e LST ea D Physician coach Choose a specialty and study marketing to become a coach to other physicians. Name: Dike Drummond, M.D. Work: C eo and founder of The Happy MD Education Undergraduate: Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana Med school: Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota Residency: Shasta Cascade Family Practice Residency, Redding, California Drummond is a physician coach, trainer, consultant and health care speaker who specializes in burnout prevention. He created The Happy MD (TheHappyMD. com) and has trained a team of six certified physician burnout coaches, all of whom are also physicians. Drummond and his team provide coaching services. He is also the author of Stop Physician Burnout. Drummond has worked for 140 different organizations and has trained around 30,000 physicians. What do you like about being a physician coach? I like working with physicians from all over the world on important life changes from the comfort of my home office. My presence on the internet is quite extensive. When I come into my office every morning, my inbox is like Forest Gump's box of chocolates: I never know exactly what's going to be in there. But I know it's always going to be physicians or physician leaders talking about burnout and burnout prevention. Happy, healthy doctors take better care of their patients. We know that is true. So for me, I'm always working with somebody who wants to change something about their life. It's always an important transition, because burnout marks their transition. They can't go any farther in the current direction of their career. They have to make a change, and burnout is the motivation. I help physicians get clear on what they really want and help them make that transition. The doctor, their family, their teams and their patients all benefit. What's the most challenging part of your job? It's really not applicable to me; I was chosen to do this work. I burned out of my family practice after 10 busy years. After I burned out, there was about three or four years I wasn't sure what came next. I was a walk-in clinic doctor working part time and had completed coach certification training. Then my ex-wife and I created a training company that taught leadership training for people in the Navy's le AN Six Sigma Black Belt Certification program. It became clear to me that what I needed to do was to

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