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As a medical director of a clinic, Dr. Simon needed to tell a colleague about a behavior that was leading to complaints. A thoughtful leader, Dr. Simon came up with a plan to keep the conversation from becoming hostile. He would catch the physician, Dr. Anton, outside the clinic to bring up this issue in a casual, friendly way. He also carefully chose his words: “It’s not anything big, but there’s this issue…” But Dr. Anton responded by letting loose with a blistering attack. Dr. Simon was shocked. What had happened? And how could he avoid this type of situation in the future? (Note: physician names, identities, and minor details have been altered for confidentiality.)

As a physician coach and trainer, I don’t find this scenario shocking because I hear all the time from physicians worn down trying to deal with stuck, unpleasant work relationships. I hear about everything from physicians throwing chairs to physician colleagues refusing to talk with each other. What is still shocking is that these situations, and less intense problems of poor leadership, teamwork, or morale, often drag on without any solution, sometimes leading otherwise skilled physicians to leave a practice or hospital.

One customized solution is to bring in a physician coach. Physician coaching provides better tools and processes and a chance to practice these new processes with feedback from a trained outsider.   Read the rest of the article


An Insider’s Look at Physician Coaching
Simple changes, dramatic improvements

By Leonard Lang, PhD

This article originally appeared in Minnesota Physician 23(8): 1, 12, 14, and is published with permission.
Copyright 2009, Minnesota Physician Publishing.
Below is an article about the impact of disruptive physician and nurse behavior on patient care (note--this link will take you away from this website, so if you want to also remain here, right click the link and click on, open in a new window or tab). 

Bad blood: doctor-nurse behavior problems impact patient care.



Article on Physician-Nurse Behavior


​Below is a link to an editorial in the British Medical Journal, describing some fascinating studies showing how "rude" behavior affects everyone, including bystanders.  (Note--this link will take you away from this website, so if you want to also remain here, right click the link and click on, open in a new window or tab). 

BMJ Editorial

BMJ Editorial Describing Studies on the Impact of Rude or Disruptive Behavior

Coaching for Physicians: A Game Plan for Success


​​October 2011 article in American Healthcare Industry News about the uses of and trends in physician coaching.

Coaching for Physicians article ​​
Taking Time to Listen Crucial to Physician-Patient Relations