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  • 1. Life Hacks for Doctors: An Introduction Joshua Schwimmer, This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- MD, FACP, FASN Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
  • 2. What are Life Hacks? Productivity strategies that solve everyday problems — especially problems caused by information overload. Adapted from Wikipedia
  • 3. Life Hacks Are Often Simple Discrete Nonintuitive Clever Surprisingly Effective
  • 4. Have you ever heard a lecture on...? Image: D’Arcy Norman, Flickr
  • 5. Pheochromocytomas? Image: Wikipedia
  • 6. Lectures on Pheochromocytomas 100% of Doctors. Tumor incidence = approx. 5 per million population per year. Image: Wikipedia
  • 7. Have you ever heard a lecture on efficiency? Image: D’Arcy Norman, Flickr
  • 8. Lectures on Efficiency Only 20% of doctors, and most paid for the lecture themselves. Source: Sermo
  • 9. Is there a misalignment of priorities in medical education? Image: Caro Wallis, Flickr
  • 10. Being a good doctor depends not only on who you are and what you know — but on the systems you use.
  • 11. HDR Image: Aurorus Reflectus Colosseo, Stuck in Customs, Flickr
  • 12. Q. Should you write “No Scleral Icterus?”
  • 13. If it takes you 3 seconds to write these words on every patient...
  • 14. You will spend 3 hours each year writing “No Scleral Icterus.”
  • 15. Is this really the best way to spend your time?
  • 16. Principles of Productivity
  • 17. Reflective Questions
  • 18. Who is the best person to perform a task?
  • 19. Probably not you. (Don’t be offended.)
  • 20. How much is your time worth?
  • 21. Example: $150,000 per year / 60 hours per week * 50 weeks per year = $50 / hour. A useful oversimplification.
  • 22. (Writing “No Scleral Icterus” is costing you $150 a year.)
  • 23. Who should perform a task? Someone who can do it well whose time is worth less than your own. Always delegate when appropriate. Don’t make other people do work that’s rightfully yours.
  • 24. Create filters or rules so you never see tasks that you should never perform.
  • 25. HDR Image: Fireworks Over Lake Austin, Stuck in Customs, Flickr
  • 26. What should you do?
  • 27. (One option.)
  • 28. A Better Option Become comfortable with “to do lists”: Write them Rewrite them Cross items off Review them often
  • 29. To Do Lists Organize different lists by location Office Hospital Phone Errands Home
  • 30. Group similar tasks together to save time lost in “task switching.”
  • 31. Keep a “mission critical” list of tasks that must be performed that day.
  • 32. The 80-20 Rule: 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
  • 33. Concentrate on your most important tasks.
  • 34. When should you perform a task?
  • 35. If it’s simple and quick, do it now.
  • 36. The Calendar If a task should be performed at a particular time or on a particular day, put it on your calendar. Your calendar is not your to do list.
  • 37. Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands to fill the time available.”
  • 38. Where should a task be performed?
  • 39. Where should a task be performed? First, perform tasks that are particular to a place. See hospitalized patients in the hospital. File charts in the office. If tasks are “mobile,” consider performing them elsewhere. Make calls while commuting. Take paperwork home to review.
  • 40. Why perform a task?
  • 41. Rediscover your motivation.
  • 42. Why? Why are you performing this task? Why are you doing it this way? Why are you practicing medicine?
  • 43. Ideas
  • 44. Most doctors’ desks are organizational disasters.
  • 45. The solution? Inboxes. (You went to medical school for this?)
  • 46. Inboxes 101 All new labs and mail go in the inbox. Pick up the top item and deal with it. Sign and file labs, recycle junk mail, write down a “to do,” etc. Never put any item back in the inbox. Empty your inbox regularly.
  • 47. HDR Image: Hong Kong, Stuck in Customs, Flickr
  • 48. An Open Secret: Most doctors never learn how to document properly.
  • 49. Many doctors live with constant anxiety that they are over-coding or under-coding.
  • 50. The Solution: Craft Individualized Note Templates New Patient or Consult Notes Follow Up Notes Include all the items you need to bill at the highest level when appropriate. See for more details.
  • 51. The Hospital Routine Image: Fractal Hospital, Gualtiero, Flickr
  • 52. Group Your Tasks Check Labs Examine Patients Write Notes
  • 53. An Example of Grouping Tasks Six patients on a hospital floor. 15 seconds to walk to each room. 5 seconds to walk from room to room.
  • 54. Grouping Tasks Strategy 1: Examine patient, write note, repeat. (15 + 15) * 6 = 180 seconds. Strategy 2: Group Tasks. Examine all patients, then write all notes. (15 * 2) + (5 * 5) = 55 seconds. Strategy 2 (grouping tasks) saves 8.7 hours a year ($434).
  • 55. Learn Efficiently
  • 56. Choose one textbook for your specialty and read a few pages every day.
  • 57. Keep a list of clinical questions. Regularly look up the answers and cross them off your list.
  • 58. Fill an iPod with medical lectures and podcasts. Listen while you commute.
  • 59. Sources of Free Podcasts and Lectures New England Journal of Medicine JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine Google on [medical podcasts] and [grand rounds podcasts]
  • 60. Refresh Your Information Sources Medical Blogs Google Scholar Google Book Search Google Alerts & Google News UpToDate
  • 61. For More Information on Life Hacks for Doctors
  • 62. Thanks.