Being a doctor mom is a beautiful paradox of feeling like a badass one moment and a frazzled I-don’t-know-what-the-heck-I-am-doing mess of a person. Being a female physician, the majority of us feel there is a societal and cultural pressure to be perfect all the time in every sphere of our life: as a professional, parent, and person.
Speaking with my friends who are also doctor moms, there are some common themes and challenges.
1. Work often comes first and may not end when you leave the office
Unlike other careers, our work as physicians don’t doesn’t end when you leave the office. We are on ......
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......
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......
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.
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......
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......