Occasionally, we receive emails from readers looking for advice. With our readers' permission, we thought we'd share some of these here with the larger community for your collective wisdom and thoughts.
I'm a fourth year medical student and planning on going into Family Medicine. Thankfully, I think that this is a pretty family-friendly specialty, but right now I'm trying to figure out how children might be worked in for me over the next few years. This past June, I had a miscarriage at 9 wks (had that baby not miscarried, I would be around 6.5 months right now, and would have been due in Jan.) I thought that this would be the perfect set-up, go into residency with a 6 month old. Obviously, (wo)men make plans and the gods laugh. But now, I am having this feeling of being dead-set on getting pregnant, and not having anything man-made (ie residency) interfere with my husband and I being able to have a child (hopefully) within the next year. That means that I would possibly be having a baby during intern year. So mostly, I have a few questions:
Am I crazy in thinking that intern year and newborn are doable?
Should I just take a year off if I get pregnant within the next few months?
I'm getting ready to start interviews, like, soon....should I bring up these issues at the interviews?
Any advice is appreciated, honestly.
A medical student