The Married to Doctors podcast pushes away the stereotypical "doctor-wife" image and is a space where people from all different backgrounds can find a community, explore solutions and share stories about the unique challenges that come from being in a relationship where medicine often feels like the extra partner. We discuss loneliness, debt, communication, romance, moving, parenting and more.
The host of Married to Doctors is Lara McElderry, a trauma surgeon's wife, who has been navigating the medical world for the last seventeen years as she’s supported her husband through medical school, residency, a specialty change, fellowship, as well as raising five boys. She hopes the podcast will inspire others to share and implement ideas for how to make successful homes happier.
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#166: Caribbean to the Northeast
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In this episode, Lara talks with Barbara Oloniyo about their medical journey from the Caribbean to the Northeast. She shares the importance of communicating with your doc-spouse and adapting to what life throws at you.
#165: Resilience as a Couple During COVID
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In today's episode, Lara talks with Lisa Christon about what it's like being married to a pulmonary critical care physician during COVID. Lisa shares how their resilience as a couple and a family has grown as they have battled the overwhelm and stress of the pandemic. She also gives some great marriage advice after being married for 25 years.
#164: Creative Outlets on the Medical Journey
For the last episode of 2020, Lara discusses the importance of finding creative outlets while on the medical journey with author Valdene Mark. They also touch on having hard discussions like racism and other topics in a marriage and with your children.
"I decided that this year I was going to do what I really wanted to do. Not what I went to school for. You know I just wanted to express myself and kind of stop putting off saying, 'Hey I'm going to do this some day' or 'I am going to do this another day.' I was like, 'No, you know what, I am going to do this now.'" -Valdene Mark
#163: 5 Tips for Enjoying the Pandemic Holiday Season
In this episode, Lara shares 5 Tips for Enjoying the Pandemic Holiday Season. It's been a hard year. People have suffered deaths, isolation, sadness, and depression. It has been taxing emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially. It's important we keep some things in mind as we move into December and the holiday season.
"When considering your expectations, it's not so much about should you have high expectations or low expectations. But rather, should you have right or wrong expectations. And what I mean by that is focus on having correct expectations, right?" -Lara McElderry
#162: Processing 2020
In this episode, Lara takes a look at processing 2020 in a healthy way. It has been somewhat of a mess of a year, so Lara talks about how your thoughts can cause overwhelm. Plus, she discusses how you can take better control of your feelings by understanding the thought that is giving you negative feelings.
Look, your brain is going to scan for evidence for what you tell it. And recounting problems over and over, it's only going to make them grow. -Lara McElderry
#161: Give Thanks!
Gratitude. In this episode, Lara shares the benefits of giving thanks and 20 things she is thankful for in her life in honor of 2020. Expressing gratitude is a practice that doesn't cost money or take a lot of time. Gratitude improves our mental and physical health. So, remember this Thanksgiving and throughout the year to give thanks!
"Wherever this medical journey has taken us, it has been full of beauty when I've stopped to look for it." -Lara McElderry
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Lara you are shining a bright light on some very real, often not discussed, topics in medical relationships. Thank you for your commitment to the medial community.
Lara, I stumbled upon your podcast by chance and I’m so glad I did! I am now sharing with all of the doctor spouses I know! This podcast could not have come at a better time with the birth of our second child and the very intense Royal College Exam. It’s been a challenging time and this podcast has provided me exactly what I needed - reflection and perspective. Thank you!
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Thank you for taking the time to put this podcast together. It helps knowing that I am not alone with my feelings and experiences shared on your shows.