The practice of medicine is a lot like the practice of parenting. It is full of highs and lows, moments of pure joy and those of devastating heartache. When I talk to my friends who are parents, they agree with me. Some of the most difficult times as a parent is watching your kids fail. When your child is hurting, it hurts far worse than if you had experienced it first ...

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As a cardiac anesthesiologist, there are times I care for patients who are faced with a tough decision: to take their chance on a very high-risk surgery, or let nature take its course.  It is in these times I feel most humble and most human, as I may be the last one to hear the last words they speak. Recently I was at a social event and introducing myself to some ...

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I am going to discuss something that is really important for women. It’s going to get a lot of criticism, and it’s OK. I can take it. Your clothing. That’s right. I am here to tell you that what you wear, and how you dress, matters. Why? Because how you feel in your clothes affects the way you walk, talk, smile, interact, and well, lead. Don’t mistake what I am saying. I am not going ...

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One of the most important things my mother taught me was to choose my friends intelligently. From a very young age, I remember my mother quoting Proverbs to me and telling me this, “Choose your counsel wisely.” The older I get, the more I believe who I allow to influence me plays an enormous part in the place I find myself in today. Research has shown you become like the five ...

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I want to talk about the word everyone seems to use: drama.  This word is used in many facets, to describe conflict, negative interactions with others, disagreements, or obstruction to a new idea. No one likes drama. Yet some people seem to instigate it, and others seem to have to deal with it on a rotating basis. We all wish we could ignore it, avoid it, and leave it for people who ...

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I remember the exact moment I realized the amazing power of women; that together, women can accomplish anything they put their minds to. I grew up in a household of women. I had no brothers to compete with, and my parents always encouraged us to learn and develop leadership skills. However, even growing up in an encouraging environment, I still developed an unconscious bias. In school and in college, I often ...

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I have spent the last year doing a deep dive into my personal leadership style. I've done this for self-improvement and because some great leaders and mentors have challenged me to take a look at my skills. I’ve read countless blogs and books on leadership, specifically women leaders, and how they have succeeded at the helm. There are a million different things books will tell you to be if you want ...

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We as women have to stop saying "I’m sorry" for things out of our control. When we apologize for things we are not responsible for, we take a step backwards in the advancement of women in the workplace. I am a cardiac anesthesiologist, which means I care for patients who are undergoing open-heart surgery. I work in an academic medical center and train doctors to become anesthesiologists. The operating room (OR) can ...

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I work in a male-dominated field. As a cardiac anesthesiologist, I work with mostly male cardiac surgeons in a department where the majority of my fellow anesthesiologists are male. I work with some fantastic male colleagues. They are caring, skilled doctors, and I consider many of them to be friends. While most of them know how to handle emergencies, trauma and difficult work situations, many times they clam up when we ...

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“He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge I was a third-year medical student on a Sunday morning when the reality of what I had chosen as my life career truly hit me in the gut. At that moment, I realized how intimate the practice of medicine was and that I would have to bring not only my brain and skills to work ...

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