work life balance

Doctor-Mom COVID-19 Working-From-Home Reality

Doctor-Mom COVID-19 Working-From-Home Reality

Working moms everywhere will agree, it’s just HARD since COVID-19 and working from home became a thing. Our clinic is following hospital social distancing guidelines, so I’m now on-site physically seeing patients about half the time, and at-home virtual half the time. That home time […]

Long Day, But It’s Okay

Long Day, But It’s Okay

Here’s a true story from my yesterday, as in, New Year’s Eve 2019: I had wrapped up my clinic and was looking forward to maybe leaving the office earlier than usual. Most of our docs have been away for the holidays, and I’ve been one […]

Feeling Thankful for the Therapeutic Mom’s Night Out

Feeling Thankful for the Therapeutic Mom’s Night Out

All work and no play makes anyone a little depressed. It’s not that work is boring. There’s never a dull moment over at Man’s Greatest Hospital, that’s for sure. I’m taking busy to new levels, taking on a lot of new responsibilities, inventing some even, […]

Searching for Meaning in Medicine

Searching for Meaning in Medicine

Clinical medicine, and especially primary care, is in kind of a bad place right now. When healthcare systems of all developed countries in the world are compared, the U.S. has the embarrassing distinction of spending the most and being the worst. It’s well-established that our […]

How to keep your balance when things are crazy

How to keep your balance when things are crazy

It’s December, the craziest time of the year. You have to be everywhere, there’s a million things to do, and that’s on top of your regular work schedule and family duties. And there may be additional stuff: Kids get sick, finances are tricky, relatives can […]

Be That Kind of Person

Be That Kind of Person

The old saying is: You have to give to receive. Seriously, there is scientific evidence to back this up. Volunteering is good for you, emotionally and physically. Multiple studies support myriad benefits of volunteering. In a 2013 systematic review and meta-analysis of forty studies (including […]

Being Active When You’re Too Busy

Being Active When You’re Too Busy

It’s 2018, and we’re all so super-busy. Me, I’m up against a tight deadline for a 50k-word writing project, seeing patients in clinic 3-4 sessions per week, and mothering two little kids. But I’m sneaking in activity, because I have to. Exercise is medicine, critical […]

How To (And Not To) Hold An Office Meeting: A December Story

How To (And Not To) Hold An Office Meeting: A December Story

In outpatient clinical medicine, as in any profession involving an office, there are meetings.  Meetings for all kinds of reasons, but especially for when mistakes happen. Because in medicine, as in any profession, mistakes happen. And we have to have meetings about them, of course. […]

The Working Mom Workout: Getting the Most Out of the Gym

The Working Mom Workout: Getting the Most Out of the Gym

I rarely get to the gym, and when I do get there, I’m on a tight schedule. So I want the biggest cardiovascular benefit and most calorie burn in the least amount of time. Plus, I’m a Type A, perpetually multitasking, frighteningly nerdy medical professional… […]

On Call At Home: On Pagers and Parenting

On Call At Home: On Pagers and Parenting

If I wasn’t a parent, being on call wouldn’t be so bad.  Except for these pathetically outdated pagers with the visually challenging black-on-green screens. One is forced to squint — painfully — in order to read the message.  There was an effort to switch over […]