Monday, November 3, 2014

MiM Mail: Types of practices and family life

Hello fellow Mothers in Medicine!

I am a senior resident in a medical subspecialty, about to graduate next year, and am in need of frank advice on different types of practices and having a full family life. I have a child under the age of 1, and plan on having a second child within the next few years. My specialty allows for some flexibility, and I think that either solo practice, small private practice, or hospital employment are all viable options. Ideally, I would like to work part time while my children are young. I am hoping to gain some perspectives on others experiences with the varying different practice types, what worked well for young families and what presented challenges. Thank you in advance for sharing your experiences and thoughts!


  1. Would it be possible to set up time shadowing and then having lunch with someone in each practice type? What environment do you think you'd like best and find yourself the happiest? Seems like each one has benefits and limitations and if you think all could be viable options why not craft a position doing the one that works best for you (and not just your family and goal of working part-time)?

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