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Doctors throughout the nation felt the pinch of burnout at rates ranging from 40 to 55 percent during 2016, according to a report by Medscape, an industry news source.

In light of these critical levels of burnout, UT’s Haslam College of Business and The University of Tennessee Medical Center will host Dike Drummond from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 525 Henley St.

Drummond, a family doctor trained at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, has devoted himself to addressing physician burnout since 2011. He has more than 2,000 hours of one-on-one physician coaching experience.

He also hosts an online community of more than 12,000 physicians from 63 countries at The Happy MD, and has trained more than 10,000 doctors to lower stress, build life balance, improve their practices.

Drummond’s book Stop Physician Burnout: What to Do When Working Harder Isn’t Working has sold more than 25,000 copies.

“We’re excited to host Dr. Drummond because we know physician burnout is a widespread problem, and his approach to mitigating it is both unique and comprehensive,” said Kate Atchley, executive director of UT’s executive education for healthcare program.

UT Physician Executive MBA students and alumni will be in attendance along with other physicians and health care leaders. Participants will define the causes of physician burnout, discuss its symptoms, analyze its pathophysiology, and identify a step-by-step prevention formula.

The event costs $49 and includes a copy of Drummond’s book Stop Physician Burnout: What to Do When Working Harder Isn’t Working, a boxed lunch, four hours of continuing medical education credits, and parking. Registration is required.



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