In this show seasoned physicians talk sincerely with you about how they handled the many challenges of practicing medicine and engaging with family and the rest of life. Generous, wide-ranging conversations that are rare in medicine. You'll gain insights into powerful strategies to reduce burnout and succeed in medicine, as well as ideas you can use tomorrow. So you walk through your day tomorrow with more ease and energy and enjoy medicine more.
Your host, Nance Goldstein
EP 16: How her art makes her a better cardiologist. Guest, Nazanin Moghbeli
Nazanin Moghbeli, a cardiologist near Philadelphia, founded and currently directs the Women’s Cardiovascular Center at Penn Medicine. She and her partner parent 3 young children. She also devotes time to her art - her abstract ink, gouache and graphite drawings on paper. the work grows out of a love of traditional calligraphy and reflect patterns and rhythms of music in Iran where she was born.
She talks about how all the pieces fit together for her in a rich life.
The website for her artwork is www.nmoghbeli.com.
EP 15: Worried about making a Big Change? Set then check it with 3 key criteria for your career & your family... and don't forget fun
Rochelle Walensky, MD, is an infectious disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a research specialist on AIDS and HIV infection here and in SOuth Africa. She also is raising three boys (12, 14 and 16) with her husband. She talks with us about
- What helped her take a higher risk choice despite a lot of uncertainty;
- How to create the conditions where you are putting your children first but without sacrificing your colleagues or your career; and
- Why her mentees come before some of her own demands.
Ep 14 Delegate: It can free you and your colleagues to practice to your strengths
Helen Cajigas MD, is a specialist in anatomic pathology and cytopathology. She has served as medical director of clinical labs across Massachusetts and has led national laboratory inspection teams. She's a leader in Massachusetts Medical Society and founded the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association to promote physician leadership and promote healthcare among Hispanic and minority populations. She has two children that she raised with her husband.
She talks with us about -
- Why she thinks it's so difficult for 63% of women physicians (according to one poll) to set healthy boundaries with one's patients, supervisors and colleagues,
- How getting lots of rejections can be rally good for you, and
- How delegating can set you free.
EP 13: Figure out your "superpower," then use it! Guest: Eliza Buyers
Eliza Buyers, MD, is an adolescent gynecologist at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. She’s worked in many different practice settings – from private practice to non-profits to corporate healthcare. She made her choices to meet several aims - to develop in her professional specialty, to work with the people she wants to serve and to be available for her growing family.
She talks with us about:
- How she motivates herself. It’s a big change from what used to drive her workday - avoiding messing up,
- Saying yes to new opportunities, then saying no, and
- When she gets to use her “superpower,” it’s usually a good day.
EP 12 Creating the expectations you want others to have for you. Guest: Tu- Mai Tran
Tu-Mau Tran, MD, is a family medicine physician at Dot House health, a health center in metropolitan Boston. She's also a medical educator at Boston University School of Medicine and in China and Vietnam. She has worked in a variety of healthcare systems in the US and abroad. She talks with us about -
- why she chose to work full-time from the beginning and why all her children are taking Tai Kwon Do,
- how setting boundaries for herself changed expectations for everyone around her, and
- how stepping out of the day-to-day to reassess what makes her happy has worked for her.
EP 11 You have more resources than perhaps you knew - look around you for what you need
Susan Pories, MD, surgeon and medical director of the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in the Boston area, talks about
- how the neighborhood she chose did wonders for her work and her family life,
- how she learned leadership even though there was no ladder there for her in her workplace, and
- an opportunity that led her to a new role and contributions to medicine that changed her life.
As a cardiologist and mother to four young children practicing in a specialty not known for its enlightened attitude towards women, I find these podcasts very helpful. Simply knowing there are other physicians with the same struggles is comforting. I find the concrete suggestions very practical.
Dr.Goldstein’s title for this podcast is perfect—so many physicians are examining why they ever chose this career path, which has become increasingly difficult. Listening to other physicians discuss their lives and career paths is a great way to come back to the ideals that originally inspired us.
Women Mentoring Women by Podcast
This is a wonderful resource for professional women. Professor Goldstein provides structured guided mentoring sessions for professional women seeking their own balance with multiple perspectives and topics. Even though I am not a doctor, I find this very helpful. Would love to find something like this for tenure-track women in academia.