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

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dechantJoining 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 iTunes.  You can also subscribe and listen via Stitcher.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. His latest book has been released as an "in-progress" book, titled Measures of Success.

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