Docs Who Cut Back #7: Loonie Doc

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Editor’s note: My wife likes to quote an old world saying that there’s a lid for every pot (usually used in the context of dating). Similarly, I want every reader of this blog to find at least one interviewee that reflects the reader’s peculiar circumstances and compulsions. This interviewee qualifies, in the best of ways, as both peculiar and compulsive. …

Docs Who Cut Back #6: Dawn Baker, MD / Practice Balance

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1. What is your specialty? Anesthesiology 1a. How many years of residency/fellowship did you complete? 4 years of residency 1b. How old were you when you began to cut back? I started working 0.75 FTE straight out of residency (I was 37). After my daughter was born, I cut back to 0.5 FTE at age 42. 1c. How many years …

Docs Who Cut Back #4: B.C. Krygowski

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B.C. Krygowski is a physician, author, blogger, wife, mother and the generous spirit who brought wine in abundance to share with her fellow docs in finance at FinCon18. 1. What is your specialty? Hospice Palliative Medicine (HPM). 1a. How many years of residency/fellowship did you complete? My husband and I both did 3 years of residency. I also did a …

Don’t Let Someone Else’s Script Narrate Your Story

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Sometimes the people we love are those most likely to sabotage us by insisting on forcing our unconventional narrative to fit within their traditional story framework. My wife’s grandmother, a widow, had developed dementia and moved to an assisted living facility. My wife’s aunt, a successful attorney in her 50s who happened to be single, had come from out of …

Convergence

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This weekend was spent in North Carolina strengthening ties with people we love but see less often than we’d like. BT is one of those people. Most of us were single. BT was married with a kid. Most of us had family in California BT was a southerner with a disarming drawl. On learning that fast-talking West coasters inevitably underestimated …