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. Obviously, expecting perfection is a bit unrealistic. Among doctor moms, there are some common ...

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Do you ever wonder what compels someone to walk away from their current life to leave all they worked for — jobs, spouses, kids — behind? The community around them are caught off guard of how unhappy or unfulfilled or the silent suffering that made their life so hard. We say it is shocking and act so surprised. But that seems a pretense. It's no secret that compassion fatigue and physician burnout are both on a steady rise. For us in ...

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In my early days as a pediatrician, I felt a little bit at a loss when parents asked specific parenting questions. Of course, I could offer them advice and refer resources, but it was as a physician unaware of the nuances of parenting. For example: The tactile temperature A thermometer gives one measurement, not a range. When parents respond, “Yes, at least 102-degrees," I was initially puzzled. The clarification, "I could feel it. ...

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