Weighed down by your charting? Too many papers that continue to pile up? Worried about missing important life events because you have to stay late charting?

I’m Dr. Ryan Stegink, a physician who faced the same challenges you do until I discovered the three keys to “Finish Your Charting At Work”. 

Join me! and discover the secrets so you can focus on what matters most!


During this episode you will learn about;

[0:00] Do you love being a doctor, but charting and paperwork stress you out? You’re not alone.

[1:30] You’re in the right place.

[3:17] How mastering charting has changed his life in his business.

[5:37] Get out of your own way and take action.

[7:32] Know your why and find your flow.

[9:57] Fill your toolbox with free text.

[11:37] How to flow forward to find your flow.

[13:58] Sometimes we mean to mean something else, yet we make it mean something that we consider positive or negative.

[15:27] You’re frustrated that you don’t have enough time.

[17:31] How can you use Charting Mastery to get your charting done faster?

Above are the episode show notes and below is the transcript via www.otter.ai.com. Some episode transcripts have been edited more than others, but they are up in the meantime to help those who would rather read and for searchability on the web. Extensive editing has not been prioritized as I seek to both produce regular content and maintain my own wellness. See the website disclaimer if you have questions, since this is all for your education and entertainment only. Enjoy!


Dr. Ryan Stegink  0:00  

Do you love being a doctor, but all the charting and paperwork, all of those workflow things? Do they stress you out? You’re not alone. I want you to get my free PDF guide with 10 steps to getting your work done faster, so you can get home for what matters most. You can get your free guide at mededwell.com/efficiencyguide. Get yours today. Welcome to the MedEdWell podcast, empowering physicians to get work done at work, then be able to reflect and choose what is important to be for both their life and medical practice. I’m your host, Dr. Ryan Stegink, general pediatrician, life coach for physicians, I want to welcome you to finish your charting at work. Where you’re going to have the opportunity to discover the three keys to get you home sooner for what matters most to you. I’m Dr. Ryan Stegink, pediatrician and certified life coach. And I am so excited to bring this to you as a means of offering a transformation, these three keys, not only to get your charting done faster, but it’s more than that. It’s not just for your charting, it’s for what matters most to you. So you’re in the right place if you’re an early career physician who is stressed out, because you just want to document accurately, but still be able to spend time with your patient. Maybe your mid to late career physician who’s a great clinician that goes back and forth between just intentionally improving your charting and saying it is what it is and just trying to move forward. Maybe you stay after work to finish your charts, but then you decide to do them later. Yet the next day is just as busy with little time to catch up. Then maybe you wish you had more time for the things that really matter to you to be present at home for your family, or friends for self care. So here’s what you learn by hanging out with me today. First, how you can finish charting faster, with three keys to take your next steps forward. Then we’ll talk about the hidden bearer barriers holding back your efficiency and how to overcome them. And then how to strategically invest in your charting and how that yields dividends for your wellness. This training is not for you. If you already get all your notes, paperwork, messages done early, and feel amazing about all your workflows. It’s not for you if you’d rather continue with what you’ve already been doing. And say it is what it is, rather than risk being uncomfortable. And really invest in your future. This training is not for you if you already have great work life balance and go home on time every day. So first, I want to let you know how mastering my charting has changed my life in my business. First, it’s given me the opportunity for time away, whether it’s going to a conference with my wife and getting to spend a few extra days for our anniversary in Hawaii. That was a great time, or just going on a family vacation or being able to see family. And I haven’t seen it in a while. It’s also great to be able to spend time with my wife and kids. And I really enjoy being able to be home and to be present in the evenings. Just love hearing their daddies and their data and just getting to spend time with my family. Third, mastering my charting has really helped me be able to think about how do I want to leave a legacy? How do I want to help others? I’ve done that through my podcast in the last 15 months. Now I started coaching because I want to make a difference. So a quick recap of my story. I loved my job. And I went through pediatrics residency, came out and was able to practice in the same clinic and I was at during my residency. I started out and I was productive, successful. But the charts kept coming home. evenings and weekends. didn’t feel like I was able to recharge. And then after a stretch of 10 days straight, I came home and was absolutely exhausted. I sat on the couch with my wife and she told me something hast Change and getting input from physician leaders and an advisor, and cutting back, it really made a difference. And I really had to dig into my workflows and do my research. I became a physician builder with a medical record system I was using, and eventually a physician in permutation. Having some protected time to help with informatics. I brought determination and curiosity to my clinical practice and workflows. Now, fast forward to today. And I could have all my notes done at the end of each day. I can be home for dinner each evening. And I’m not charting in the evenings, or on weekends. And I have time for other priorities. So my entire business changed. The moment that I chose coaching around charting, as a means to help physicians get home faster. And trust me if I can do it, so can you I wasn’t top of my med school class, and I still see patients four days a week. And even though you may think I have more charting savvy than you at the moment, I still learn new things about charting all the time. So a couple things to keep in mind. Just have to get out of your own way. I’ve seen this so many times in my own practice. And it’s about taking that action, even just one action. Remember baby steps. The big thing that I think medical training kind of breeds into you is perfection. And in getting your charts done, and then mastering your charting, perfection is an elusive ideal, it’s really more of an enemy, you just need to take that next step. So, over the course of this talk, I’m going to show you three keys to get your charts done faster, so that you get done and are fully present for what matters most to you. In other words, you’re gonna get three keys to take your charting from chaos to complete. Now, I want you to lead you through my chartingmastery framework with three important keys. First, you have to know your why then you have to fill your toolbox and finally find your flow

so first, know your why you might not realize that your current habits with charting are leaving you feeling or experiencing feelings of duty and obligation. You might feel disconnected or conflicted yet to know your why creates feelings that include and create peace, alignment, and fulfillment

so we’re going to take a step now to help you know your why. I want you to think back to when you first wanted to be a physician What drew you to medicine? And how did that feel?

Then I want you to think about what drives you what motivates you now in your medical practice. Take a moment and reflect even maybe write down what your current motivation what those things are.

Finally, I want you to consider what or who are your biggest priorities outside of medicine right now. Take a moment and think about that

so first, know your why that’s the first key then you need to fill your toolbox. So when you look at preparing for chart When you might feel like something’s missing. Or you might not realize that there are other tools at your disposal, leaving you feeling ill equipped and inadequate. But when you fill your toolbox, then you can feel adequate, equipped, and confident as you approach your charting. To getting practical, we’re going to take a step to fill your toolbox. And I want you to think of one scenario where you free text something on a regular basis. Maybe it’s particular orders of plan, or anticipatory guidance in your note, maybe something else. Let’s say it only takes an extra 10 seconds each time. So 10 seconds a time, maybe twice each session, you do eight or nine half day sessions a week, or 46 weeks a year. And that’s upwards of 128 times a year, which comes out to about two hours and 18 minutes a year. Now, if you found only 10 areas that you could reduce this time, whether it’s preference list, templates, etc. This alone could save you 23 hours a year, or 30 minutes a week that you could invest in those priorities that we just looked at. Believe me, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The first key is to know your why. Second key to fill your toolbox. The third key is to flow forward. To find your flow, you might not realize that your current workflows are actually missing something and you are left feeling inefficient, struggling and trapped. But by finding that flow forward, you become you become efficient. You feel capable. There’s a sense of calmness, because you know your workflows, and you’re able to take those and help you move forward. So I want you to take a moment and think back to one of your recent busy shifts or clinic days, where you just finished seeing your last patient.

Now I want you to consider Did you chart any of the history while in the room? Maybe you did that. But did you place any of the orders? Did you get all of your orders signed? Were you able to finish your note? Did you come to the end of the session and realize you still have 1020 or more charts left to finish. You have paperwork from the past few days or weeks when you heard those things that maybe you hadn’t done, what came up for you the sense of pride or accomplishment. Maybe you hadn’t done some of them and you’re left with self doubt or some sort of discomfort. It’s still the same thing. Same fact of what was or was not completed, signed. The charting the clinical encounter, the number of charts left a sign, it’s just a neutral number. Yet, sometimes we meant let it mean something else. We make it mean something that we consider positive or negative. As we look at finding your flow forward, I want you to know that tools affect workflow. Your team affects workflow. communication patterns and strategies affect workflow. But so do the thoughts and the stories that we tell ourselves about the numbers and circumstances along the way. So the chartingmastery framework has these three keys to know your why to fill your toolbox and to find your flow forward. It’s designed to take your charting from chaos to complete so that you can finish your charting at work and get home sooner for what matters most to you. So as we can Consider this, I just want you to think about Where has your current state and brought you this far? And where do you want it to go? If all your charting were complete, and you are able to go home sooner, what does this create for you? So I’m not sure why you shut up today. Maybe you’re frustrated that you don’t have enough time to get your notes done, and still provide good clinical care. Maybe you’re feeling burned out, after turning at home, in the evenings, and on weekends. Or maybe you’ve heard all the buzz and excitement around how others around you are managing to get all their notes done in clinic, you wanted to see how you could make it work for you. Or perhaps you’re bored, and you just wanted to hang out with me. If you’ve been sticking with me, you have what it takes to excel with getting your charting done. And this is something that you can get started with right now. Please remember, nothing I’ve shared with you here today is theory, or fluff that might work. Rather, this is exactly what I’ve done in my own clinical practice, to get all my charting done at work and leave the work at work. It’s what’s enabled me to complete notes in the room with the patient, at least 90% of the time. I’ve even left my work laptop at work, and not turned it on for months at a time. It doesn’t matter if you’re a technophobe or you feel like you could never do this. It’s all about baby steps, and taking action right now. So some of the big benefits of mastering your charting would be the ability to leave work at work, and go home shortly after your last patient. You’d be able to have better job satisfaction and be able to remind yourself of your why for seeing patients. You’d be able to feel empowered, confident and hopeful, not overwhelmed and stressed, you’d be able to remember and remind yourself that you are a good doctor. So if there’s one thing I want you to take away is that I have tapped into these principles in order to show anyone how to get their charting done faster. And it’s very much a replicable system that you can apply to your practice. Rather than just given to the overwhelm and bring the charts home, you can become that physician who finishes charting, and has time for what matters most to you. So then that begs the question, how can you apply this system for leveraging the power of chartingmastery so that you can get home sooner. So you have a choice. You can do it the slow way through trial and error by taking some of what I’ve given you here today. Or you can do it quickly using my chartingmastery program. So what is chartingmastery It’s my complete step by step framework to getting your charting done faster. While getting beyond the templates. It’s designed to take you by the hand to get your charting done faster, no missing steps, no confusion. It’s the quickest and most effective way to get from chaos to complete. Can’t wait to see how this transforms your clinical practice making a difference for you. And for those that you value the most. So thank you so much for joining me for finish your charting at work with three keys to help you finish charting faster, to get home sooner for what matters most to you. I look forward to seeing many of you join me inside chartingmastery And when you do, we’re gonna go on a journey to experience this transformation. Can’t wait to watch it with you. Thanks. Now for our important disclaimer. Dr. Ryan Stegink is a practicing general pediatrician. But the MedEdWell podcast does not reflect the views and opinions or beliefs that this employer nor is affiliated University. Additionally, the MedEdWell podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes only and should not be considered advice regarding financial, legal student loan, medical or any Other states have in common such a case you should seek consultation with a certified professional in that particular area again thanks for joining us on the MedEdWell podcast Have a great day