It started mid-March with the sensation that I had cut one of my knuckles. Within two weeks, several fingers were swollen like sausages, and my fingertips had developed painful, burning spots. Soon thereafter, my husband noted one red, swollen toe. We are both emergency physicians, but we could not understand what was causing the symptoms, and it was not until a month later that we started to see 
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Despite more than a dozen years in medical school admissions consulting, I still clearly recall a bright advisee who had improved her grades considerably throughout her college career. But I, unfortunately, had a less than stellar freshman transcript. After calculating her AMCAS GPA with me, she lamented, "I feel like my grades are a criminal record." In a twisted way, she was right — she couldn't erase the grades. But she ...

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Early into my career as an emergency physician, I was seated in the department with a colleague when I inquired about one of our co-workers I had not seen in a while. "Oh, she's on the mommy track," my colleague said and picked up another chart. To me, selecting a career path that sacrificed traditional professional advancement for more time to raise children was legitimate. My colleague's pejorative "mommy track" ...

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shutterstock_74641645 Emergency physicians experience burnout at a rate of more than three times that of the average doctor and more than anyone else inside or outside of the medical field, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study surveyed over 7000 physicians in more than two dozen specialties and compared them with almost 3500 working adults ...

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