"How do I stay focused on patients while getting better clinically"
Quickie Consult 1160
Infrastructure 245 I
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time. -Mark Studin 2006
"Speaking the Language of the Lawyer & Take a Quiz"
Guest Doctor: I have been working sleepless nights and long days and bringing my practice up to speed with getting all the infrastructure done. And my primary question is I'm finding myself at times looking at the current patients that I have as being a barrier and interference to getting stuff done. And that's the wrong attitude to house. And so I just wanted your insight when you're in the middle of that, what's a great way to start here?
Dr Studin: Here's the thing, I studied 40 years. I'm in the game 38 years. So 38 years ago when I graduated, I actually hired Larry Markson, to be my coach and I had him for 7 years and it was wonderful the first two years, it was great. So one of the things that he taught me was something called PTC present time consciousness. And it's something that's carried me through my entire career, whether it be illness in the family, whether it be practice paradigms or whatever. So what other, with you on the phone right now I'm in the present. I have a present time consciousness. I blocked out all of the other stuff. Now there's something called interstices and literally it means moments in the middle. So while I'm talking to you, you might be thinking of something else. So kind of take a piece of paper and just wave it. So it's really making like crinkly paper in the back of your head while you're talking to me. That's what happens when you're have other things going on in your mind and you can have presence, time, consciousness, and then those moments in between my words, even though the words are coming relatively fast, your synapses are firing, thinking of those other things. So one of the things I did was I took an old newspaper, You hear it?
Guest Dr: Oh yeah.
Dr Studin: So this is what's going on in your head while you're having that conversation with me. I want you to take a big magazine or a newspaper and I want you to do what I just did and have it conversation with somebody. But I want you to work on focusing on just my words and drown out all that other noise because that's what you have to do to have presence, time, consciousness. When you deal with non-patient stuff, which is your academics, if long days and sleepless nights, it's before you wake up the patients and after you finish with patients. I have two to three hours every single morning to get quiet and do my literature search, my research, do my writing. can you imagine if I'm on the phone with you right now thinking about that person that just beats in a second ago while we were on this call and I'm saying I know who it is. I'm thinking about what does he want, what's his issues? What's going on. This phone call would be worth nothing, zero because I'm not giving you my full time attention. It doesn't matter whether I'm talking to you, whether I'm treating a patient, because that is the most important thing and you're going to find in life. So you have to the focus on the present, get rid of that noise in the back of your head, but not while you're doing patient care, not possible, you must be in the present because you're going to miss stuff and your patients are going to know it and you're going to end up being resentful, going to end up with lawsuits and malpractice and you just the opposite of what you're trying to accomplish, not might happen. I guarantee you what will occur.