Tag: work-life balance

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 […]

Go Farther, Go Faster…Live Longer

Go Farther, Go Faster…Live Longer

There are many times when I can choose between doing something active, and doing something else. And man, there’s alot of something elses. Yesterday morning, for example: I had writing deadlines, clinic charting, endless housework, and two school-aged kids who still think I’m cool and […]

2000 Steps to a Clear Head, on a Crappy Day

2000 Steps to a Clear Head, on a Crappy Day

Babyboy has had the flu for the past five days, so Hubby and I have had crappy sleep for the past five nights. We’ve found ourselves up at odd hours dosing liquid acetaminophen, delivering Albuterol puffs, fetching vomit buckets, and futzing with the humidifier. My […]

Finally… An entire book by and for doctor-moms (& applicable to all working moms)

Finally… An entire book by and for doctor-moms (& applicable to all working moms)

I’m extremely proud to announce that the Mothers in Medicine book is now available for ordering on Amazon as well as from Springer publishing!* This comprehensive work represents a massive effort by physician- mom and editor at the Mothers in Medicine blog Katherine Chretien, as […]

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  Except for these pathetically outdated pagers with the visually challenging black-on-green screens.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 […]

Shake (Run, Stretch) It Off

Shake (Run, Stretch) It Off

My blogging bandwidth was squeezed considerably by clinical and personal stressors  this past week. I was on call for our practice, and while there were few actual pages, they were mostly middle-of-the-night legitimate medical problems. Like, Doctor, I’m coughing up blood; as opposed to Doctor, […]

If You’re Pushing and the Door Won’t Open…

If You’re Pushing and the Door Won’t Open…

We’ve got a lot going on. In addition to our normally nuts two-working-parents-two-kids lives, we’ve had several other crisis- level family issues. And in the midst of all that, I’m attending a highly anticipated annual conference for doctor- writers, held at a very fancy downtown […]

A Working Mom Faces Monday With Mixed Feelings

A Working Mom Faces Monday With Mixed Feelings

It’s the Monday after school vacation week, and here I am boarding my train, bound for downtown and my clinic. Part of me is elated! Doctoring is, weirdly, the easier half of my existence. It’s a  challenging and rewarding career for which I feel well-suited, […]

Yes, medicine is a life’s work. But so is mothering. Working part-time is choosing to excel at both.

Yes, medicine is a life’s work. But so is mothering. Working part-time is choosing to excel at both.

Every one of the docs in my internal medicine practice is part-time. Yes, many of us have other non-clinical work responsibilities in administration, education, or research. But no one sees patients for more than six sessions weekly. What does that mean? A session is a […]