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Physician Mental Health Help Now More Proactive with TN PSQ

February 2020  |  Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM

Take the Survey Physician mental health is a big issue these days, with burnout rates approaching 54 percent. There is a huge amount of stigma that limits a physician’s ability to get help, including the fear of licensure, career or practice issues, as well as the fear of being considered “less t...

Prevent Physician Burnout Part 3: 4 Work-Life Balance Tools

February 2019  |  Dike Drummond, MD

A new study has found that, between 2011 and 2014, the burnout rate among family physicians increased from 45 to 54 percent[i]. Yes, you read that right. Over half of us are experiencing burnout. In previous articles in this series on physician burnout, we learned that burnout occurs when our mental, ph...

Prevent Physician Burnout Part 2: 8 Ways to Lower Practice Stress and Get Home Sooner

January 2019  |  Dike Drummond, MD

In Article One of this three-part series, we discussed the causes, effects, and pathophysiology of burnout. If you have not read that article, it is important you do so. The tools that follow are more effective if you understand the fundamental blind spots and conditioning of our medical education.  In ...

The Five Main Causes of Physician Burnout

November 2018  |  Dike Drummond, MD

This is the first in a three-part series from Dike Drummond, MD. Dr. Drummond is CEO of, where he provides burnout prevention and leadership development coaching, training and consulting to individual physicians and healthcare organizations. Dr. Drummond will be speaking on this topic at the 20...

Physician Burnout: Other Viewpoints

October 2018  |  Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM

Editor's Note: This is part four in our four-part series on physician burnout. Part I was published in the January 2018 edition of The SVMIC Sentinel; part II was published in the April 2018 edition; and part three was published in our July 2018 edition. Physician burnout syndrome is a pe...

Physician Burnout: Prevention and Treatment

July 2018  |  Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM

Editor's Note: This is part three in our four-part series on physician burnout. Part I was published in the January 2018 edition of The SVMIC Sentinel and part II was published in the April 2018 edition. Part four in our series will be published in our October edition.  On June 9 of this year,...

Treating Pain Amidst Multiple Guidelines

May 2018  |  Rett Blake, MD

The Challenges Physicians Face Taking care of patients in chronic pain has always been a challenge for physicians. We face many different challenges trying to help people who suffer with pain, the first hurdle figuring out the cause. There’s a long list of things that can cause something as common as c...

How Being a Father Has Made Me a Better Doctor

May 2018  |  Michael McAdoo, MD

Along this pathway called life, I’ve had 2 distinct blessings which overlapped and played an integral role in my career. First, the opportunity to practice medicine as a calling serving my fellow man. Secondly is the God-given blessing of being a father and allowing me to pass on a father’s love a...

Physician Burnout: What Is It and What Causes It?

April 2018  |  Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM

Editor's Note: This is part two in a four-part series on physician burnout. Part one was published in the January 2018 edition of The SVMIC Sentinel, available here. Part three in this series will be published in our July edition. A physician touches the lives of many people, including his family, friends, c...

Physician Burnout: Recognize the Signs

January 2018  |  Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM

Some physicians are familiar with the Tennessee Medical Foundation - Physician Health Program (TMF-PHP) - many more are not. Unfortunately, this can have dire consequences. The TMF-PHP’s mission is to help the 15-20% of physicians impaired by mental and behavioral illnesses, which includes mood disorder...

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