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MD Moms & Small Business Ideas: Taking Your Time Into Your Own Hands

MD Moms & Small Business Ideas: Taking Your Time Into Your Own Hands
Ever wished that there were more hours in a day? That you’d get paid more the more hours you put in away from your own home? That by some miracle you’ll be able to look after your family and live out your passion for healing others without burning yourself out trying to earn money to look after your family? The miracle you’re looking for is passive income. Passive Income MD (surprise, surprise!) defines this as “income that is not proportional to the time you physically put into acquiring it.” That’s not to say forms of passive income are a racket for easy money, or that they don’t require a l......
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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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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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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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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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Dennis
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
Friday, 28 October 2016 22:24
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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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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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Notable Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Notable Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Cancer is among the deadly diseases in the world. Doctors are working day and night trying to establish the treatment for this disease. Breast cancer is most common among females, but there are some men who are also victims of the same. There reason why the disease is becoming difficult is because of late detection and treatment. Most people are ignorant of the signs and warnings of breast cancer. They, therefore assume until they become chronic and hard to deal with. To be on the safe side, detect breast cancer with these signs; 1. Appearance of a lump The presence of a lump on the breast i......
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Hi Ella James, You have posted a good article on cancer. Due to global warming this disease has spread its area over every countr... Read More
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You Know You're a Female Physician When...

You Know You're a Female Physician When...
1.  You get called ‘nurse’ or 'sweetie' 3x a day, despite your embroidered white coat clearly spelling out “Dr. ___." You love your nurses - but you did put a good amount of time and money into getting your title, and it'd be nice to hear it from time to time!  2.  You can never find a small enough pair of gloves in your procedure rooms.   3.  You are looking for a 'part time' position which will allow you to work only 40 hours a week. 4.  You wear your hair down for work and everyone asks if you have a date. 5.  You've been asked totally inappropria......
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Why are Female Physicians Scared to be WOMEN?

Why are Female Physicians Scared to be WOMEN?
We all know how hard it is to become a doctor - we give up so much of our youth, our family time, and ourselves to get there.  Women physicians, however, also tend to sacrifice a lot of what makes them feminine.  It sometimes feels like there's an unwritten rule that states that in order to advance professionally, we have to leave our home life at the doors of our offices/hospitals.  Many female physicians will admit to downplaying the importance of their families in their professional lives, for fear that people will take them less seriously. Why is it that we feel this?  ......
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Sudden Severe Joint Pain at Night Could Be Gout

Sudden Severe Joint Pain at Night Could Be Gout
Joint pain is one of the most common problems, with many causes. Injuries can be one of them, with arthritis on the other hand. Adding on that, some medical conditions trigger sudden joint pain. These may be due to autoimmune conditions, infectious diseases, injuries and degenerative conditions. The pain arises in one or multiple joints. Joints being part of the body where bones meet, the at times ache. These brings discomfort, aches within the body’s joint. Joint pain is not only as the result of wear and tear but also can be a sign of infection. Symptoms Some of the signs and symptoms of j......
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10 Early Symptoms and Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

10 Early Symptoms and Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an extremely common joint pain condition. The cause of arthritis could be injury, age, genetics, and many other factors. It could be any of those factors or possibly all of them. There is no single direct cause of arthritis so it is impossible to predict who will develop arthritis and when they will develop it. However there are some symptoms that commonly occur in the early stages of arthritis that may alert you to the fact that you could be developing arthritis. It is good to know as early on as you can that you are developing arthritis because you can increase the am......
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Pregnancy Fitness Week By Week

Pregnancy Fitness Week By Week
Fitness is essential during pregnancy. In this sector, we look at the various routines you have to follow every week. We will look at 40 weeks although most pregnancies will go for 38 weeks. Trimester One Week 1 and 2 This is the first week after your last period. Chances are you are not yet pregnant. You need to come up with a workout routine so that you stay active. Week 3 You are now pregnant, but no symptoms have showed up. You now need to know what you are supposed to eat to keep the baby (babies) healthy and manage the weight increase. Week 4 Pregnancy symptoms such as bloating, ......
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6 Ways To Boost Women's Health

6 Ways To Boost Women's Health
Health concerns for women are different from those of men. If you are a lady, you need to learn the steps that are essential for you to ensure you always remain healthy and energetic. Choices in lifestyle women make can affect their health. It is therefore, essential that every woman learns of behavior and lifestyle tricks and tips that help in ensuring she remains healthy. The simple things we regularly do are the ones that matter. Ensure that you have good health and are full of happiness by practicing these tips. Eat a Healthy Diet Ensure you try to eat foods that are natural. Fresh fruit......
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4 Highly-Effective Strategies Moms Can Use to Tackle Medical School Debt

4 Highly-Effective Strategies Moms Can Use to Tackle Medical School Debt
  Being a parent is downright expensive, but working moms have it especially tough. And with challenges such as increasing costs, declines in physician reimbursements, and a heap of student debt, it’s more expensive than ever to manage a budding medical career and family. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the average amount of medical school debt among class of 2014 graduates was over $176,000. Over time, that equates to tens of thousands of dollars in interest payments that could otherwise be spent on a college tuition fund or vacations with your children. S......
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