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Three ways Moms Married to Medicine can also balance a family

Three ways Moms Married to Medicine can also balance a family
There is no question if medical school is a sacrifice - to your time, your sanity, your relationships and especially for close relationships who happen to be a small toddler or two. There isn’t a MDmom with young children who hasn’t had to question her decision to choose medicine as a career at some point. Is it worth the sacrifice?  Am I ruining my children?  The long hours and copious amounts of studying required is doable, but am I hurting the kids? Making the decision to follow your dream as a doctor to save lives and heal, is not a bad decision. But looking at it from a childc......
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The Perfect ERAS Application: How to Strengthen Your ERAS Application for Residency

The Perfect ERAS Application: How to Strengthen Your ERAS Application for Residency
The Perfect ERAS Application: Applying to residency for many medical students can be daunting. In some ways, you are applying for your first real job. Even though it’s still training, residency requires a different mindset when interviewing. One of the most important things is the first impression you make. Your first impression will be your ERAS application. Before getting to your personal statement, faculty will go over your ERAS application. They will look at where you went to medical school, what awards you’ve won, and whether you have any publications. They will read about your work and......
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Advice on Au Pair childcare from MD mom raising kids

Advice on Au Pair childcare from MD mom raising kids
Any mom who is a practicing doctor knows finding the right childcare is unbelievably difficult, especially for the overnight shifts and sudden trips to the ER.   As a single mom starting medical school, Irene of Ohio, had a lot to think about. Babysitters and day cares were just not going to be the right fit. She needed some afterhours help and she needed someone who can step in at a moments notice if she had to run to the ER. After Irene did a lot of research she knew getting an Au Pair was the right childcare for her situation.   Overall Irene says the Au Pair cultural childcar......
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Interesting Facts About Your Body You May Not Know

Interesting Facts About Your Body You May Not Know
The human body is a marvel; nobody knows exactly how it all works. But, we use it for everything - digestion, heat regulation, transportation. The mysteries of the human body have baffled scientists for thousands of years, throughout the years we have managed to explore further than ever before - due to technological advances. You must follow the best diet plan to keep your body sound and healthy. Here are some facts that you may not have known 1. 7 miles of new blood vessels are added for every half a kilogram of fat gainedDue to the new fat that has formed, the body needs to supply it with......
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Tighten up those boundaries or else…

Tighten up those boundaries or else…
It is almost summer which is the time for weekly lawn mowing. When you instruct your landscape company to take care of your lawn, where do they stop with mowing? At the boundary line. I assume you don’t instruct them to mow your neighbor’s back lawn as well. After all, people need to be responsible for their own properties and need to learn boundaries in their own lives too. Meet Mary (name changed) who is a female physician who was exposed to this life lessons several times in the last few months. As the department chair in her organization, she was constantly struggling with the workload to......
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Physician Success With Teeny Efforts …

Physician Success With Teeny Efforts …
  The Term “Grit” Is In The News At Present.If you didn’t already know this, “Grit” is the term coined by psychologist Angela Duckworth to describe a quality that research has shown to be a key predictor of success in life. In her recently released book of the same title (A), Duckworth elaborates on just how powerful the combination of passion + perseverance is, and how it can be developed intentionally. What Does This Have To Do With My Post Today? I’ve been intrigued by this topic for some time, in a somewhat abstract way. As a m......
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The Coming Effects of Stem Cells on Optometry

As an optical professional, you may have posters adorning your clinic illustrating the eye anatomy or various diseases. However due to recent innovations and breakthroughs in stem cell research for eye care, some of those malady illustrations may become a thing of the past. Through the use of differentiated cells originating from pluripotent stem cells, treatment methods have been able to preserve vision, halt disease progression, or completely restore vision by replacing damaged cells. Here we’ll detail the current direction of research and its effects on the industry:   Combating dege......
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Need a short time out? Take it!

Need a short time out? Take it!
Today I want to share with you an example that made me sad to listen to but at the same time, it reiterates the importance of physicians gaining new perspectives in short conversations. Last week I spoke with a gynecologist in private practice who told me that he couldn’t remember the last time he took a vacation. His wife and children frequently travel to the beach and overseas, but he just cannot take time off from his practice. When I asked him how he felt about not having vacations, he replied that he is glad that he can provide this lifestyle to his family, but sometimes he does feel res......
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The key secret for moving into your nonclinical physician career

The key secret for moving into your nonclinical physician career
I bet you’re proud of accomplishing your MD, or D.O., or MBBCh (that was mine in South Africa!) . I certainly am. You may be equally proud of that medical school you challenged yourself to get into. We worked very hard to earn these degrees, and they prove something, right? Yes, they do. If you’re in the doctoring business.   However, if you’re looking to transition out of life as a practicing physician into a nonclinical physician career position or opportunity. The answer is closer to a “no”!   My words may come as a surprise, but Gallup research from 2013 shows that whe......
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Glasses, Contacts, Surgery - Which is Right for You?

Glasses, Contacts, Surgery - Which is Right for You?
Over 50% of Americans report vision ailments such as nearsightedness, farsighted and astigmatism. Given these numbers, there is a good chance you yourself have noticed distances becoming murkier and faces becoming more obscured with age. You ultimately end up surrendering to the fact that you need a vision aid. Many different people of all ages, ranging from toddlers to adults, have found that they need the assistance of prescription lenses to see to the best of their ability. The most commonly used method of vision correction comes in the form of eyeglasses. However, in the past 40 years ......
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Hardly Discussed Breast Cancer Early Signs

Hardly Discussed Breast Cancer Early Signs
Did you know that breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer among women worldwide? There is higher occurrence of breast cancer rates in the developed countries as compared to developing countries. A study by the National Cancer Institute in the USA shows that each year there are 232,340 female breast cancer cases and 2,240 male breast cancer cases. According to the study, an average of 39, 620 Americans die each year from breast cancer. As an informed health savvy person, you should know what signs to look for to be able to deal with the breast cancer in its early stages. Learn more abo......
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Can Breast Cancer Be Predicted Before it Develops?

Can Breast Cancer Be Predicted Before it Develops?
There has been quite a major breakthrough in medicine as a study was found to prove how a simple blood test can actually be more useful than mammograms as it may even predict any signs of breast cancer even up five years before it develops. Breast cancer is one of the major leading causes of cancer for women, which is why the world desperately needs to find a new way to detect breast cancer faster. Why? Although there is a large amount of scientific data that insists on mammograms are not the most effective method, having a breast cancer screening is most likely the last thing you would want t......
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6 Tips To Give Birth With A Smile

6 Tips To Give Birth With A Smile
A lot of potential mothers want to experience all the emotions of pregnancy so that they can vividly remember each moment. The human mind has however been shown to remember the pleasant moments as opposed to the painful ones. It is for that reason that women ought to be encouraged to lead pregnancies that have been well thought out. This ensures that the pregnancy is exciting and giving birth is an easy time where one has a birth with a smile. In as much as every woman’s pregnancy week by week journey varies from another, there are some things that can be done during pregnancy to ensure birth......
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5 Tips to Manage Third Trimester Symptoms

5 Tips to Manage Third Trimester Symptoms
The third trimester is the last trimester of pregnancy, and it starts in the 28th week. By this time the baby is well formed but the organs are developing and getting used to functioning in preparation for the following day. The mother’s belly continues to grow and as they walk they will often feel waddle. At this stage of pregnancy, to waddle is okay and a good sign. It has not been easy for the body for the past 27 weeks. It has been creating cells, bones, muscles and organs for the growth of the baby. In addition, it had to create extra cells for the uterus and the placenta to facilitate pr......
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What Diet to Follow in 31st Week Pregnancy?

What Diet to Follow in 31st Week Pregnancy?
Throughout the pregnancy stage, it is essential for soon-to-be mothers to take extra precaution and change their lifestyle habits in order to ensure that their baby gets all the necessary nutrients to develop healthily. On the 31st week of pregnancy, pregnant women have just crossed the threshold into the third trimester. If pregnancy is a marathon, this is the final stretch. This is the final countdown towards the baby’s due date. At this stage, pregnant women continue to experience various changes in their bodies. As the baby increases its growth rate in anticipation of being introduced to......
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4 Pregnancy Workouts for Every Trimester

4 Pregnancy Workouts for Every Trimester
When a woman goes through the process of pregnancy, they experience pure elation in the initial stages and during the aftermath of it. Wedged in between these two significant celebratory moments of joy is the arduous journey that sees their physical and mental attributes undergo a multitude of changes. The clearest form of change during pregnancy is the increased physical size and weight. This transformation is due to the body adjusting itself to accommodate more room for the fetus. Additionally, the body also requires more nutrients to aid in the development of the unborn baby. All pregnant ......
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Back Pain During Pregnancy:What To Do?

Back Pain During Pregnancy:What To Do?
Back pain is a common complaint among pregnant women. It is thus good to learn at the various back pains that are caused by pregnancy and how to distinguish them, their causes and how to resolve them. In most cases, back pain during pregnancy will come about when the pelvis meets the spine at the sacroiliac joint. There may be a variety of reasons that can cause back pain in pregnancy. Below are just a few of these. The first of the most common causes of back pain is weight gain. In most cases, women will, on average gain between 25 – 35 pounds during pregnancy. This undue weight gain that i......
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How to Improve your Dull Complexion After Pregnancy?

How to Improve your Dull Complexion After Pregnancy?
Women experience dull complexion on their skin as one of the effects of post-pregnancy hormones. Such post-pregnancy hormones change the once glowing complexion in women to blotchy veins and ravaged skin. These dark patches on the skin appear due to high levels of pregnancy hormones in the body. The dark brown spots are a common occurrence in people with light skin. The change in the pigmentation on the woman’s face is called chloasma or melasma. On the other hand, the dark line which runs down the woman’s belly is called the linea nigra. These dark patches fade away with time after pregnancy ......
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Where Does a Baby Develop During Pregnancy?

Where Does a Baby Develop During Pregnancy?
A pregnancy is usually considered to take forty weeks. In these weeks, the fetus is supposed to have developed entirely thus being deemed ready for birth and the outside world. During these forty weeks, the fetus development, right from conception will involve various parts of the womb and the reproductive system of a woman. For proper discussion, the process is mostly developed into three trimesters. There are significant developments that mark each semester. Besides, there are different signs and feelings that the mother will show or have during the trimesters. They help the mother keep trac......
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8 Tips for Preventing Digital Eye Strain at Work

8 Tips for Preventing Digital Eye Strain at Work
In today’s digital world, many Americans spend multiple hours per day staring at computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets and other electronics. As our lives become more digital, eye doctors have noticed that our eyes are becoming less sharp.   Have your eyes ever felt tired, dry or irritated after a few hours of working on a computer? If so, you may have a condition called Digital Eye Strain (also referred to as Computer Vision Symptom). Nearly 70% of employed US adults claim to have experienced digital eyestrain symptoms from the increasing usage of digital devices, as reported by t......
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Suheir Kilani
This article is very nice article. Now a days everyone is using computer, mobile and other digital things, and it is added to thei... Read More
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