As I prepare to go into work for another string of night shifts, I become aware that this is just another holiday that I will be working. It’s the Fourth of July, not a major holiday as is designated by any scheduler, so no credit will be given to those of us who work today. Some previous employers have given extra pay for said days, as little as $200 to ...

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When I first began writing about the “doctor” title, I led with my personal beliefs. But as my research expanded, I realized there were so many variables and so many experiences that have shaped other women’s views on being called “doctor.” Call me “doctor,” please A few years ago, I was at a charity event for underprivileged kids in Detroit. One of the board members was a well-spoken nurse with a PhD. ...

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With burnout on the rise, many physicians are choosing to leave clinical medicine for alternative careers. Other physicians are wondering if it’s worth it to stay in a workforce that does not pull for the well being of their frontline workers. Gone are the days where physicians stay stuck suffering in a practice or career that is no longer fulfilling or worse, causing burnout. Those physicians are considered old-school and are ...

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Financial planning may not be what you think Financial planning means different things to different people. To some, it may simply mean investments; to others, insurance; to others, a Swiss bank account, and a private jet. We believe that, at its roots, financial planning is simply making smart decisions about your money with your goals in mind. We’ve broken it down into six decisions you need to make about your finances that apply ...

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STAT_Logo Physicians on the front lines of health care today are sometimes described as going to battle. It’s an apt metaphor. Physicians, like combat soldiers, often face a profound and unrecognized threat to their well-being: moral injury. Moral injury is frequently mischaracterized. In combat veterans it is diagnosed as post-traumatic stress; among physicians it’s portrayed as burnout. But without ...

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When I left clinical practice, I thought I was prepared for the change in my identity. Wrong. I was shocked by the degree to which my sense of myself and my value in the world were rocked by leaving the profession. After all, I left practice less than seven years after I could legally write MD after my name. In residency and when practicing (and even to some extent as a medical ...

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Education can be expensive. Higher education can be even more costly. Even partial scholarships can be deceptive as one might opt for a more expensive school for the sake of redeeming “free money.” As a student, I had no financial understanding of return on investment when I was considering higher education. All in, I plowed through more than a quarter million dollars in my college and medical school after substantial scholarships ...

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My daughter had her first track meet this weekend.  We showed up to a field house at the local high school and watched as dozens of kids and hundreds of parents took their places.  The competitions spanned from high jump to mile run.  Fifty-yard dash to shot put.  Watching these fourth and fifth graders compete was pure joy.  We marveled at the speed and agility as the winners sprinted towards ...

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Let’s be honest — what I don’t know about parenting is astounding.  I’m a pediatrician and have three kids, and it’s amazing what I still don’t know. Every so often I hear a parenting idea (or come up with one) that seems perfect.  Easy to implement and imparts both clear short and long-term lessons. Implementing new-age parenting techniques makes me feel good, even if in reality I spend most of my parenting ...

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My oldest girl and I love watching birds.   We usually watch the birds right outside our backdoor while they eat from our bird feeder. As we were watching one day, it amazed me how comfortable the birds were jumping from post to post on the feeder or from branch to branch on the trees.  Often times at a distance taller than the bird itself. Why would they take this risk and ...

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