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10 Truths and Challenges of Being a Doctor Mom

10 Truths and Challenges of Being a Doctor Mom
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 ......
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Women in Medicine Rising (from National Women Physicians Day 2018)

Women in Medicine Rising (from National Women Physicians Day 2018)
2018 is looking to be the year of the woman. In the last few months there have been several groundbreaking movements that have propelled women into the spotlight. The #timesup and #metoo movements have recently harnessed the collective voice of women who have suffered in silence for too long, revealing the frequency of sexual harassment and systemic sexism, and exposing the severity of this widespread issue. Compounding on the tremendous momentum of these social media movements, just two weeks ago the women’s march drew massive crowds nationally one year after the initial protest. Women in me......
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BURNOUT: A FEMALE PHYSICIAN'S PERSPECTIVE

BURNOUT: A FEMALE PHYSICIAN'S PERSPECTIVE
Why Does It Happen? I burned out early. I was done being a doctor at the end of fellowship. Although I took a job as a critical care physician, I desperately sought to alter my career somehow. I looked into website development, something I had been good at in high school. I took a few refresher classes on my days off and started coding my own sites. Luckily, my first job out of fellowship accepted many of my schedule demands, such as day shifts only, and after about a year I recovered and remembered why I had loved medicine to begin with. Critical care physicians have the highes......
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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 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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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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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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