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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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How Dr. Mommies can Change the Culture of Medicine

  I have only been in practice for 14 years, but I remember the exact reason for my first experience of burnout. Medicine was rigid, and for good reason as we deal with life or death on a daily basis. However, as I looked out into the working world there was no room for flexibility in the traditional primary care practice.  Complementary medicine was looked down upon.  Wanting to work part time was viewed as laziness. As a woman, there was always more to prove, and wanting a family was not encouraged (even amongst other female doctors).  There was no conversation about work......
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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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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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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 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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Does The Ideal Physician Job Really Exist?

Does The Ideal Physician Job Really Exist?
Heck, no!” I hear many of you yelling. “I’m sick of being a physician.” “I still like medicine, however my job sucks …” In an article from HealthLeaders Media, “For Stressed Docs, Where to Turn?”, the author writes: A recent survey and report by Physician Wellness Services, a Minneapolis, MN-based company that counsels physicians and hospitals on wellness and related issues, and Cejka Search, a St. Louis, MO-based physician executive search firm, shows more physicians are getting stressed and it’s getting worse. …How bad is the problem? The survey shows that 87% of 2,000 physicians repo......
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Practical answers from Dr Mike McLaughlin regarding physician career change.

Practical answers from Dr Mike McLaughlin regarding physician career change.
If you’re in the market for a physician career change, there’s an invaluable tool to help you through your transition. Naturally, I’d like to say that it’s The Physician Odyssey Program, and leave it at that! However, I’d be remiss as a physician career coach if I didn’t make you aware of Dr. Mike McLaughlin’s book “Do You Feel Like You Wasted All That Training?: Answers About Transitioning to Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians“. An esteemed and dear colleague, Mike McLaughlin, is a plastic and hand surgeon who, after much deliberation, left clinical practice to ultimately st......
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