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Saving Our Hearts: A Physician Mom’s Guide to Managing Stress

Saving Our Hearts: A Physician Mom’s Guide to Managing Stress
February is Heart Health Month; a time when we increase awareness about the effects of heart disease, especially in women. We know the statistics all too well. 1 out of 3 women die each year from heart disease. We also know that heart disease is preventable. We encourage our patients to take care of their hearts by reducing their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, by eating healthy, exercising and reducing their stress level. How much of this advice do we take on ourselves. When was the last time you checked in with yourself? How much stress are you dealing with right now? Stress is hard t......
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Alaskan MD Mom Shares How She Simplified Her Life

Alaskan MD Mom Shares How She Simplified Her Life
Daycare was never an option for Gina, her husband is a paramedic and she is a doctor. They both work nights and evenings. Originally, to care for their two children they had to bring in multiple babysitters and nannies and then try to organize their schedule accordingly. The whole situation got pretty complicated. “Before having Au Pairs we would find people that would sleep over night. We did that for four years. We choose to use an Au Pair because we needed more consistency and to simplify our life.”   “It was really hard to carry everything and organize so much for extended period......
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The 6 Things Physician Moms Need in Their Toolbox to Achieve Physical, Mental and Spiritual Balance

The 6 Things Physician Moms Need in Their Toolbox to Achieve Physical, Mental and Spiritual Balance
In my last blog post, I talked about the 4 R’s to finding work-life fulfillment. The first R was to Reassess. You were asked to spend some quiet time alone, reflect on the various areas of your life and determine if your current work-life situation supported the lifestyle you desired. What did this exercise reveal to you? Were there any surprises? As you continue to reflect on these questions and the changes you would like to make, make sure you have the resources to help you get through this stage of your self-development. Here are the 6 things physician moms need in their toolbox to achieve ......
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Should You Go To The Dentist While Pregnant?

Should You Go To The Dentist While Pregnant?
This is generally a simple answer in most situations. Fortunately for you, this answer is short but does require some contextual qualification. The health of your teeth and mouth is still a vital part of your overall well-being, and your well-being is paramount even more when you are pregnant and caring for a little one. So what we should do, as a public service, is address this question in various contexts. We can say that in general, however, the answer to the question is yes, with caveats. Scheduled Cleaning: Do I Cancel? If you are pregnant and you have a regularly-scheduled cleaning ......
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The 4 R’s to Finding Work Life Fulfillment for Physician Moms

The 4 R’s to Finding Work Life Fulfillment for Physician Moms
From the moment, you became a physician and mom you were looking forward to the journey and joy of being a mother and serving others. As you reflect on your life’s journey in the New Year, you should commend yourself for the accomplishments and goals that you achieved.  This year is a time to reflect on the changes that you would like to make in your work and personal life. How can you improve on integrating the demands of work and the responsibilities of home? How do you make time for connecting with loved ones, when your career has a demanding schedule? Most importantly how do you make ......
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3 Steps to Achieving That Elusive Work-Life Balance in Your Medical Career

3 Steps to Achieving That Elusive Work-Life Balance in Your Medical Career
When you first decided to become a doctor, it may have felt like a calling, but a medical career can soon overtake your entire life, consume every minute of your day, use up all your energy, stretch your patience to the limit, demand your constant attention, and start taking a toll on your relationships. Before you know it, you're staring burnout in the face. The career that was going to afford you a fulfilling life has quickly become the thing that consumes it. But, all is not lost. Achieving that elusive work-life balance in your medical career is not impossible. In fact, it could be as ea......
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Compare Childcare Costs in Your State

Compare Childcare Costs in Your State
A nanny will cost anywhere from $15 to $25 an hour depending on their expertise and where you live. Au pairs, or live in nannies from another country, average out to be $7.85 an hour for the 45 hours they work a week. Daycares can be comparable in price to getting an au pair, depending on the location and number of children.The main difference in cost between an au pair and daycare is a larger bulk of the childcare costs comes at the beginning of the year to two-year stay with the family. Compare childcare costs in your area with Go Au Pair’s interactive map of average childcare......
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Selecting a Residency Program in Line with Your Clinical Knowledge & Skills

Selecting a Residency Program in Line with Your Clinical Knowledge & Skills
Some prospective medical professionals know exactly where they wish to specialize before they even begin med school. Others are drawn to a number of specialties and have a harder time picking a residency program that will fit them. If you are still unsure what path you wish to take, keep the following in mind. Ask yourself which of your skills you value the most. How do they fit in with the residency programs and specialties you are considering? Skills that range from a high level of manual dexterity to a high level of emotional intelligence to a knack for problem solving can give you ideas w......
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How to Best Balance Med School & Parenting

How to Best Balance Med School & Parenting
No matter their jobs or ambitions, nearly all parents need to work hard to maintain work/life balance. This can be even more difficult when working to balance parenting with the demands of medical school. The good news is, many parents have taken on the challenge before and managed to take care of children while pursuing their education. Here are a few of the tips that have helped many moms make it work: Create a solid support system. Many parents have or raise children while pursuing their education. Find the people in your classes who are also parents. You can share stories, help one anoth......
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5 Tricks for Doctor Moms to Get Some Time for Themselves

5 Tricks for Doctor Moms to Get Some Time for Themselves
Between your long hospital shifts, 2 year old throwing tantrums, dinner, cleaning house, 5 year old with another cold, phone calls, dishes, grocery shopping, bills, emails, studying for the boards, house repairs… when does the list ever end? There has to be a way to schedule in a little time for self.  For me for the past six years of trying to keep up with work and my young kids - I’ve decided there is no personal time unless you make it happen. Every mom needs a break from "the crazy" only children can create, but MD moms – they need sanity and personal time even more. Their sacrifice ......
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We Need More Women Leading The Healthcare Industry

We Need More Women Leading The Healthcare Industry
  According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, nearly 80% of workers in the health care and social assistance field are women. They outnumber men four to one in the industry, yet they still make up a vast minority of healthcare leaders. The need and push for more women in roles of leadership is a prominent issue that applies to all areas of the workforce, but studies have shown it is especially important in the realm of healthcare and medicine.   A 2015 study from the Center For Talent Innovation titled The Power of the Purse: Engaging Women Decision Mak......
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Keys to Negotiating a Contract for Female Physicians

Keys to Negotiating a Contract for Female Physicians
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, just under a third of American physicians are women. Even with such widespread representation in the field, women still face unique challenges when compared to their male counterparts. The most well-known issue is the wage gap, but another distinct issue that female physicians encounter involves contract negotiation and review. To better prepare you for meeting these unique challenges, we have outlined the five keys to maximizing your contract value.  Conduct Research Researching your salary range, as well as other benefits you may deserve, is ......
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E-learning in Medical Studies

E-learning in Medical Studies
Every medical student knows that it’s almost impossible to learn all exam-relevant material simply by attending class. Students need additional learning resources in order to be appropriately prepared for their exams. For this purpose, books are the oldest of all sources and are still an invaluable resource for every learner. Today e-learning content has become an important, almost essential, additional resource for medical students worldwide. E-learning is a broad, vague, concept. Which is why, in the following, I would like to explain how medical students can efficiently and effectively int......
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The 3 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make on a Medical School Application

The 3 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make on a Medical School Application
Many hopeful physicians are aware of the most glaring errors that they can make on a medical school application. Common wisdom stipulates a thorough grammar and spelling check, as well as close attention when inputting class grades and MCAT scores. What some individuals do not realize, however, is that medical school applications can be adversely affected by other mistakes too. Here are three errors to avoid as you craft your medical school application: 1. Over-emphasizing your involvement in a specific activity In an effort to demonstrate how committed and well rounded they are, some......
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Doctor comes up with great education plan for her daughter

Doctor comes up with great education plan for her daughter
Sarah Maulden was desperate to find a way to help out her little girl who was having a tremendous amount of anxiety going to school everyday. Sarah's daughter didn’t feel like she fit in and there were kids there making it even harder for her to want to be there. Sarah and her husband are both doctors from Utah. They began searching for another school, but the thought of a private school also caused anxiety for their daughter. Sarah took a leap of faith and signed up for an online school you can do from home. “With the online classes all the material is laid out in a course-by-course breakd......
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Thanks for the article. There really is a lot of flexibility with home school options. Also with roughly 20% of the population hav... Read More
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What Every Medical School Applicant Should Know About Multiple Mini Interviews

What Every Medical School Applicant Should Know About Multiple Mini Interviews
In recent years, the multiple mini interview (or MMI) has become an increasingly popular tool with medical school admissions committees. Because of its unfamiliarity, many medical school applicants doubt their ability to succeed during an MMI, but setting aside time to familiarize yourself with the format and expectations of this interview type can help to quiet these doubts. Here is a short list of points that every medical school applicant should know about the MMI:   1. There are several interview stations, each approximately ten minutes in length The traditional medical school inte......
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Mom Pediatrician with Triplets Shares How She Finds Work/Life Balance

Mom Pediatrician with Triplets Shares How She Finds Work/Life Balance
Loan Kline and her husband are both physicians. They also have triplets, three boys who are five years old. With such a big job at home and at the office – Loan knew she would have to choose her childcare provider very carefully.       “Like every full time working mother, I face the same challenges as all mothers do- how to get it all done? The cooking, the cleaning, the laundry, the baths, the lunches, the school drop offs/pick ups, the volunteering, the homework, and being present “in the moment” for your child.” “On top of that, I have to worry abou......
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6 Ways to Tell You Are Pregnant Even Without a Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy TestIs it too early for you to take a pregnancy test? Maybe you cannot take a test or get an accurate reading for some reason? No need to worry. There are actually many signs when pregnant that do not involve testing. Although the only way to know for sure you are pregnant is to see your doctor and have it confirmed, the clues your body gives you can also be a solid lead. Many women watch for signs like these, whether or not they have access to accurate tests, before deciding to confirm their pregnancy with a medical professional. Consider these tip offs if you are suspicious: Tip #1:Your Cycle......
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5 Lessons I Wish I Knew When I Started My Practice 9 Years Ago

5 Lessons I Wish I Knew When I Started My Practice 9 Years Ago
It’s not a surprise that successfully running a medical practice is making day-to-day tasks as efficient as possible. It can be the difference in allowing you to take on more patients, have a better working environment and making sure each staff member knows his role. But sometimes it takes years to figure out the truly effective approaches for running a medical practice, so to help you get there faster, here are five of the most important lessons I learned about managing my practice in the last nine years: 1)         Hire the Right Team The importance of having ......
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Measles (Taking Your Best Shot)

Measles (Taking Your Best Shot)
If you thought measles epidemics were a thing of the past, guess again. One hundred and twenty thousand people die of measles, worldwide, each year. In Canada and the United States, hundreds of confirmed cases suggest that the disease, once all but eradicated from North America, is making a strong comeback. Today, parents who refuse to immunize their children, or they, against measles are playing a dangerous game. Recent measles outbreaks in Western Canada and California have reintroduced this almost-forgotten disease to public consciousness. Ironically, anti-vaccination sentiment may be at t......
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