Podcast #230 – Paul DeChant, MD, MBA on Reducing Burnout Through Lean


Joining me for episode #230 is Paul DeChant, MD, MBA to talk about reducing burnout, especially physician burnout, through Lean.

Paul (see his bio here) is the former CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, a 300-physician multispecialty medical group in California's Central Valley. Before that, he had stints at organizations including Geisinger Health System and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He is now a consultant and executive coach for Simpler Healthcare.

He has also been blogging, and some of Paul's recent posts include:

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In the podcast, we talk about questions and topics including:

  • Tell us about your career… how did you get involved in healthcare leadership and how did you get exposed to Lean?
  • What problems or opportunities were you trying to address with Lean?
  • How did you see your role and participation as CEO? As a physician leader?
  • You recently wrote a blog post “why is physician engagement even an issue?” How would you describe the current state of life for an MD before Lean?
  • Can Lean help prevent burnout for MDs or others?
  • Is there a point where somebody gets “too burned out” and can't be turned?

For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/230.

For earlier episodes of my podcast, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS, through Android appsor via Apple Podcasts.  You can also subscribe and listen via Stitcher.

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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