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post #1 of 58
Thread Starter 
Any other medical moms out there? Either in med school/residency/and beyond? I'm a med student mom about to embark upon residency and would love to have a few people to turn to for advice/support.:::
post #2 of 58
Moving to Working and Student Mothers.
post #3 of 58
I am a residency survivor. It was my DH that was the resident, but now we are just over the other side. I am an NP/nursing professor.
post #4 of 58
I'm a Family Physician, mother of two.

Welcome to MDC, medmom7!

post #5 of 58
Not there yet. I'm just starting this crazy journey and will be applying next cycle.
post #6 of 58
Hey! I went to med school in the Netherlands, residency in US (internal medicine), worked for 6 years in a Community Health Center. Moved to Belgium 2.5 years ago and work with a pharmaceutical company now. Currently debating whether or not to return to clinical practice.
Medmom, what residency are you entering into?
post #7 of 58
doctor
mother of one
Dh is doc too
only work part time so I can watch my baby grow
She was born my first year of practice
post #8 of 58
I'm a veterinarian and my husband is an Ophthalmology resident.


I find it hard to balance the crunchiness and medicine at times and therefore often end up somewhere hovering in the middle all by myself.....anyone else?
post #9 of 58
Hi Michelle!!!

I agree with you on finding the middle ground.
post #10 of 58
Hi! I wondered if it was you!
post #11 of 58
Thread Starter 
Nice to meet all of you! If anyone has suggestions for balancing family with patient care while also finding time to keep up with current research I'd love to hear them.

MicheleVet, I definitely hear you about the middle ground.
post #12 of 58
2nd year family med resident here with an 8 month old daughter and lucky to have a husband who stays home with the babe while attempting to write a dissertation...

i feel very countercultural with people at work, but also as a working (overworking) mom don't quite fit in the the crunchy stay at home moms who share a lot of our values. glad to see there are some other physician/medical moms on here!
post #13 of 58
I am not going to be an MD, but I got JUST got accepted into a very good P.A. program next August. I am a stay at home mom right now and work as an Rn on Fridays and Saturdays while DH watches the girls. I am VERY nervous about starting school because I don't want to leave them. They will be with my MIL who is retired and the ONLY one who has ever watched them other than DH. Anyway, looking forward to expanding my scope
post #14 of 58
Good to see this thread... I'm an ob/gyn in an academic setting and mom to one. it's good to see others who are trying to find the balance between mothering and medicine.

I think as an ob/gyn and a teacher I also find it particularly hard to find balance between my crunchier side and what other docs are used to doing... like intermittent monitoring in labor or not forcing the woman who was 42 weeks with a perfectly healthy baby (normal fetal testing) to have an induction or sign out AMA. the residents looked at me like i was crazy. she did just fine when she came in in labor a few days later.

what other challenges are people facing as physician moms? one of my biggest right now is unpredictability in schedule... like when a 3:30 case gets bumped to 5pm and DH is unexpectedly on daddy duty all evening. he does ok when he's prepared for it but i really hear the fatigue and disappointment in his voice when it's unexpected or cuts into family time.

medmom7, i see you're in Los Angeles as well... PM me if you're interested in connecting further. I'm at UCLA
post #15 of 58
Does anyone mind if I join in? I'm not a physician yet. I'm a 2nd year medical student with two daughters and a son on the way.

I'm the only mother in my class which makes relating to my classmates difficult at times.
post #16 of 58
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Originally Posted by The Milk Bag View Post
Does anyone mind if I join in? I'm not a physician yet. I'm a 2nd year medical student with two daughters and a son on the way.

I'm the only mother in my class which makes relating to my classmates difficult at times.
Oh boy I bet that can be tough. Maybe you can teach THEM a thing or two though I am also in the minority with my classmates as I am older (27) and a mother.
post #17 of 58
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I am not going to be an MD, but I got JUST got accepted into a very good P.A. program next August. I am a stay at home mom right now and work as an Rn on Fridays and Saturdays while DH watches the girls. I am VERY nervous about starting school because I don't want to leave them. They will be with my MIL who is retired and the ONLY one who has ever watched them other than DH. Anyway, looking forward to expanding my scope

I'm looking into PA as a career choice as soon as I finish my current degree in a health-related field--I hope this doesn't take it off target. How are PAs viewed by physician's? Are they respected? I can imagine that they may be looked down upon, but I don't know. Has anyone been through the program? I'd love to hear about it from someone who has btdt.
post #18 of 58
Subbing to this. I have my interview at my local medical school in January and an interview for a nurse-midwife program at Yale in January. Decisions decisions. Just now trying to figure out exactly what it is that I want to do - do I go to med school or become a nurse-midwife?

Sigh....

I'm interested in reading everyone's experiences who have btdt.
post #19 of 58
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I'm looking into PA as a career choice as soon as I finish my current degree in a health-related field--I hope this doesn't take it off target. How are PAs viewed by physician's? Are they respected? I can imagine that they may be looked down upon, but I don't know. Has anyone been through the program? I'd love to hear about it from someone who has btdt.
I actually already have my PA position lined up. I will be working for my Ob/Gyn when I graduate. From my experiences, PAs are viewed as partners in healthcare, they work with physicians to manage healthcare. My Ob wants a PA to join him and knows I will be completing the program so I am on board as soon as I finish. I don't know WHY they would be looked down upon. I can't imagine why they would?
post #20 of 58
Anyone mind if I lurk here? I'm a 2nd year med student, but not a mama yet (but hopefully next year this time I will be preggo!) I've been really concerned with how I'm going to be able to balance residency and a LO. I'm always interested to see how others have managed, especially when it comes to practicing AP and extended BFing.
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