Workshops & Organizational Coaching

Coaching for physicians is the leader in specialized coaching for healthcare organizations and physicians.  We provide workshops, training and individual coaching services for physicians and organizations involved in healthcare, such as medical groups, hospitals, medical societies , medical research organizations and insurance companies. CME may be available (additional fees apply). Most of our workshops are for half or full days and can be adapted to a 45 minute keynote lecture.

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The following is a list of the workshops most commonly requested from Coaching for Physicians.  We can also tailor a specific workshop for your organization’s needs. Patrick Hudson MD, FACS, BCC and Coaching for Physicians are an authorized partner for Wiley’s Everything DiSC® and the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Model®. Call 505-280-4284 or email for prices.

Emotional Intelligence for Physicians-the ten soft skills they did not teach you in medical school

One of the most common complaints leveled against doctors by patients and nurses is that the doctor lacks empathy and basic communication skills. This is not surprising given the selection process for medical school and the methods used in medical training. Many of the relationship issues in a  physician’s life could be improved with some basic training in emotional intelligence.  This workshops teaches essential information about emotional intelligence and provides the skills needed to communicate better with patients, colleagues, staff members and even partners and spouses.

How to Avoid and Manage Burnout for Physicians

Half of physicians report symptoms of burnout. Many are emotionally exhausted and feel disillusioned and cynical. If burnout is not managed they may experience depression, drug abuse, suicide, alcoholism, and other emotional problems. Unfortunately this can impact the quality of patient care. While many of the factors that cause burnout are systemic in modern medicine, there are several skills that can equip physicians to manage burnout and enjoy the practice of modern medicine. This workshop explains why physician burnout is a dilemma that must be managed and is not a problem that can be solved. 

Anger Management for Physicians 

Anger is a normal emotion but when poorly managed can cause chaos in the medical workplace. It is widely recognized that patient safety and quality of care depend on good communication and teamwork. There is an increasing need for services to help doctors, and other health care workers, manage anger appropriately and communicate well.This workshop teaches the skills needed to reduce angry outbursts, manage the frustrations of modern medicine and improve the communication skills needed to work in a healthcare team.

How to Manage Disruptive Physicians

Disruptive physician behavior often includes unhelpfulness or rudeness but in some cases may deteriorate into abusive or even violent behavior. When doctors intimidate or disrupt their peers, or other staff members, medical errors may occur. It also contributes to poor patient satisfaction and increases the cost of care. It is also a major factor in high nurse turnover. It is widely recognized that patient safety and the quality of care depends on good relationships, good communication and teamwork. One in four physicians admits to engaging in disruptive behavior at some time in their career. The need for services to help doctors is large and increasing with recent mandates from the Joint Commission (JCAHO) for assessment, intervention and monitoring of disruptive physicians. This workshop provided the skills needed to recognize and manage the disruptive physician and help avoid the costly results of legal, ethical and medical consequences of disruptive behavior.

Marital & Relationship Enrichment for Physicians

It is not true that doctors have a higher divorce rate than the general population but they are less happy in their marriages. Relationship difficulties can increase the possibility of career dissatisfaction and burnout. They also increase the risk that physicians and their spouses will experience depression, drug abuse, suicide, alcoholism, and other emotional problems. While physicians and their spouse or partner also experience the issues that any couple can experience, like sexual dysfunction or communication problems, they must also cope with the stress imposed by the modern practice of medicine. It is sometimes assumed that physician’s long work hours cause marital problems but the truth is that their excessive work is often caused by their desire to escape troubles at home.

Malpractice Support & Avoidance

Litigation is a common cause of emotional distress for doctors and medical malpractice litigation takes a toll on physicians and their families.Many cannot sleep and feel isolated or alone. After a lawsuit most doctors feel angry and irritable. This workshop provides information on malpractice support & prevention and helps individuals and organizations define their goals for the future.

Team Building for Physicians

Modern medicine is practiced in teams of physicians, nurses, mid-levels, support and administrative staff. All teams need a leader and in many cases the team leader in medicine is a physician. Even in a small private office the physician is considered the team leader. Unfortunately many physicians lack the temperament or training to organize and manage effective healthcare teams.  As a team-leader, the physicians needs skills in communication, people management and an understanding of how teams work. In addition, they need a heightened awareness of social interactions and highly developed emotional intelligence skills. This workshop provides an introduction to leadership skills for all physicians and is especially useful for those in executive or management roles.   Coaching for Physicians is an authorized partner for Everything DiSC® and the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Model®

Mindfulness Skills for Physicians

There is a large body of information that confirms the value of mindfulness techniques in medical practice. These same tools are also valuable for individual physicians and organizations as a method to reduce stress and improve functioning in everyday life. Individuals who learn and practice these techniques are less likely to experience burnout and anger .This workshop covers the theoretical and practical aspects of mindfulness and includes practical sessions to develop those skills under supervision. It can serve as  the cornerstone of a company wide program to reduce stress for employees of all kinds. This is not a religious or spiritually based workshop and seeks to develop an understanding of mindfulness based on scientific principles acceptable to all.

Executive Coaching for the Physician Leader 

Physicians are increasingly called upon to act as executives in medical groups and organizations. Unfortunately many physicians lack the temperament or training to manage effectively. While a workshop is no substitute for individual executive coaching with a trained coach, this workshop provides an introduction to some executive skills needed by all physicians in executive or management roles.  As an executive, the physicians needs skills in communication, people management, empathy and an awareness of social interactions.

Conflict Management & Resolution in Healthcare

Conflict in the medical workplace is unavoidable but when managed well can prove to be beneficial. Indeed, appropriately managed conflict is an essential element of a functional team. This workshop introduces physicians to the tools they need to handle conflict and maintain relationships in a medical office or hospital setting.

Time Management for Physicians 

One of the main complaints of physicians is shortage of time. Many physicians are perfectionists and procrastinators and completing anything on time is a struggle. This workshop outlines some time management strategies that can be used in both personal and professional settings.  It also covers the basic communication skills needed to make certain boundaries are set and the physician’s needs are met.

Managing Angry and Difficult Patients  

At least one in 30 patient encounters involves a difficult or angry interchange.This is a daily event for most in medicine. Sometimes these encounters can turn violent and OSHA says that workers in the healthcare workplace are the most suffer an assault. These events are more common in some areas such as the ER, psychiatry and plastic surgery but are still an issue in all areas of outpatient medicine as well as hospital settings. This workshop explains the background to angry and difficult encounters and suggest ways for physicians and office staff to feel safe when dealing with the angry patient.

Coaching for Physicians  is an authorized partner for Wiley’s Everything DiSC and the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Model. Contact Patrick Hudson for more information and costs for workshops for your organization. 

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