As I walked into the room, I see my patient lying in bed, eyes closed. His wife of 50-plus years sat in the recliner next to him grasping his right hand. The holiday season was upon us. My patient has spent the better part of the last month in the hospital. His wife was staring at the pretty scenery outside with her weary, tired eyes. It had started snowing this morning. ...

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Go to college, go to medical school, start and finish residency and fellowship, get married, settle down and have children ... There is a certain expectation of what a "successful life" would look like for a physician mom. Some may even choose to stop work and become a full-time stay-at-home mom. Even when my spouse, who works part-time for most of our marriage, took a year off work to be the stay ...

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The only time my husband outearned me was during our first three years of marriage when I was still in residency and working 80-plus hours per week earning less than minimum wage per hour. Since then, despite graduating in a professional degree, we have made relocation moves that primarily help with my career growth, to the detriment of his. In 2015, an NPR article quoted statistics showing that 38 percent of ...

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