Anita Knapp is currently a medical intern, eagerly anticipating her time as a radiology resident. From a small town in Oklahoma, she grew up dreaming of making a difference in the world by being a “career woman," never imagining that she would become mother at the end of her third year of medical school. Her toddler, also known as Itty, has since turned her world upside down (in a good way!). Anita and her husband, N, completed medical school together and are currently in the same internship program. While her hobbies have been stifled by the demands of medical school and parenting, she is slowly regaining her identity. In her little free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, crocheting, TV binging on Netflix, listening to podcasts, and all kinds of other lazy things. She is interested in health policy and American religious history and promises that she is not as boring as she sounds!
CaliMed is an incoming MS1 and mom to a princess, SK (2011), with another on the way. She met her amazing husband when they were both number crunching on Wall Street. She found MiM in the midst of her quarter-life crisis, in which she realized that although she has a head for finance, her heart belongs to medicine. With loads of self-doubt, a post-bac, the MCAT and an interesting application cycle behind her, she is thrilled to start this challenging new journey and is truly honored to be a part of this community.
Cutter is a general surgery resident in her last years of training. She is the mother of a beautiful little girl and married to the love of her life, a brilliant musician in the body of a finance guy. She loves books, football and economics. She started reading this blog during her intern year just as a source of encouragement for women in medicine, not realizing that she would soon be a mother in medicine too! She also blogs at myrecoveryroom.com.
DoctorMommy is a psychiatry resident. She is very happily married to
Hubby, aka DoctorDaddy, also a resident, and is the mother to a sweet
and loving baby Doll, who made her grand entrance in the summer of
2013. DoctorMommy likes to read, write, and google useless things
throughout the day. Her short-term goals include reading more
psychiatry and less on Google, exercising, eating more vegetables and
less chocolate, starting to write a novel, and being the best
mother/wife/doctor she can be.
Emeducatormom is a first generation physician and former RN. She’s searching for balance between being a single mother of her 3 year old, wonderfully precocious and gregarious son, K, being a go-go-go hustle and bustle ER doc as well as a junior faculty member and molder of medical minds. She’s sorting out how to walk the ever delicate coparenting line with her ex and seeks that perfect formula for personal and professional contentment along with the health and happiness of her munchkin. She lives in with her son and their two cats, Emma and Monkey. She looks forward to her first blogging experience, sharing her journey into and through medicine and motherhood with you.
EMMomma practices academic medicine in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology in The South as a transplanted Northerner. She is Wife to very non-medical Hubby and Momma to two Blurs, er, boys 5 and 2, who came during fellowship and 2nd year as an attending. She is trying hard to resist the dog lobby from the Blurs and spends most of her spare time watching sports and coordinating schedules. She has followed several MiMs on their personal blogs long before finding MiM and is delighted to try to find some personal time to contribute. Getting a hobby is a goal for 2015 for EMMomma.
Fizzy is a PM&R
attending with two small daughters and a non-medical spouse. Her
hobbies include reading, baking cookies with said daughters, blogging at
A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor, and repeatedly explaining to
people what PM&R is.
Genmedmom is a primary care physician and a mom to two little kids, jobs that
demand great attention and bring rich experiences. She trained in
Med/Peds, but practices internal medicine four days a week in a very
supportive and flexible academic practice. She and her husband and have a
beautiful preschool-aged boy, recently diagnosed with autism, and
a toddler girl. Her husband travels quite a bit for his work, but is a
full partner, an endless source of emotional and logistical support.
Her own mother, "Nana," cares for the kids. Genmedmom feels very
lucky. She blogs to share the wonder and effort of being responsible for
other people’s well-being at www.generallymedicine.com.
Gizabeth Shyder is a pathologist in private practice in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a single mother with two children - Ce-silly (2003) and Jack (2005). She is a voracious reader, sporadic runner, enthusiastic coffee drinker, and writer at her own blog, Methodical Madness (2008). She enjoys blogging about music, books, family, and the wonderfully morbid world of pathology.
HulaMed is a Family Medicine Resident on the verge of finishing residency and re-entering the land of the living. She has a fantastic partner who works in the computer programming world and a sweet baby boy who was born in late 2014. She spends her free time hula-hooping, listening to flamenco music, and playing the ukelele (badly). HulaMed welcomes discussions about everything, from the mundanities of daily life to the deep and dark recesses of human experience.
Jess has had a love/angst relationship with medicine, and the demands it places on family, but has found her niche now and hopes to settle into a comfortable work/life balance! She is a mother to two beautiful children, Bom, a girl born 2005, and HG, a boy born 2002, and a gaggle of four legged friends. Hubby is non medical, and after watching Jess' inner conflict all these years, has a very real appreciation of what’s involved in being a mother in medicine. Despite wondering why she does this to herself, Jess is in the middle of a postgrad degree in Ethics. This is her first experience blogging.
Juggler is a fourth-year medical student, wife to an aspiring mathematician, and mother to an energetic little girl born in 2014. In a former life she enjoyed baking elaborate themed desserts for her medical school classmates, but these days she’s more likely to be found wrangling a tenacious toddler and trying to remember where she put her stethoscope.
Katherine Chretien, KC, founded Mothers in Medicine in May 2008, hoping that a community built around telling our stories as physician-mothers could be a vehicle for support not otherwise found online or IRL (in real life.) She is an internist, clinician-educator, mother to three (born in 2005, 2008, 2011), and married to a brilliant public health servant who was her medical school classmate. She loves her job, being a mother, and writing. This site is her labor of love. She is on the Board of Contributors at USA TODAY.
Keekster is a pathology resident, toddler-chasing momma (born 2013, early MS4), and wifey to a brilliant scientist. She is a passionate and adventurous cook and baker, and loves the outdoors, spontaneity, and adventures. For now, she is trying to take things day by day- trying to be a good resident, a good momma, and good partner- AND trying to enjoy life as much as possible during this intense period of training. She is so excited to share her perspective on all the unique and universal experiences we have with our families while being physicians.
M is a pediatrics resident and mother to daughter E, born at the end of
2011. Her partner, C, is an artist, filmmaker, and college professor as
well as an incredible cook and co-parent. In a previous life, she was a
poet, editor, and doula and loved to garden, swim, travel, and fantasize
about elaborate renovation projects on as-yet-unpurchased homes. Now
she steals whatever time she can from the Q1 mama-doctor-in-training
call schedule to blog at whatbeginswithm.wordpress.com
Mommabee is a pediatric resident in "The South" with a
background in public health. She is married to O, a Librarian turned
Doctoral Student and is the momma to Lil' Zo (Fall 2011). She enjoys
reading, traveling, spending time outdoors, and of course providing
excellent patient care.
Pluripotent is a rising MS3 and mother to a spirited young daughter. She has gone through many metamorphoses, living in disparate parts of the country (and world) and amassing a broad array of skills. Eventually those experiences led her to medical school. She is looking forward to her upcoming clinical training and seeing what prior skills and experiences she can apply, and what new challenges and opportunities await.
PracticeBalance is a clinical anesthesiologist at an academic hospital. She is currently expecting her first child at age 41 but has been following Mothers in Medicine for years during her long journey to become a mom. Going through a personal diagnostic odyssey and subsequent neurosurgery during residency training prompted her to start the blog PracticeBalance.com, where she shares experiences and knowledge on stress management and self-care for busy professionals. She also has a passion for physical fitness and movement activities, including weight training, yoga, and rock climbing.
T is a pediatrician, sometimes called Dr Mommy at home. It is not surprising that her strong sweet daughter and kindhearted son are well read (to) and verbal. Her husband is also a pediatrician but is known to do research when not picking up/dropping off the kids. Although she laughs and cries easily, and enjoys keeping lists about life, this is her first time participating in a blog.
RaeRae is a teaching nephrologist at an academic tertiary care center. She finds joy in the relationship with her dialysis patients, mentoring students and residents and learning leadership skills. She is content to abandon research and publishing to the experts. Thirteen years have passed since her first daughter was born during fellowship – now she has three daughters of her own and she has welcomed two more daughters with a recent marriage to her pilot husband. She has survived pregnancy, breast feeding, single motherhood, family blending and now approaches the impending adolescence of 5 growing girls. Her hobbies include reading, chasing two male dogs who fail to balance the estrogen levels, and taxiing to various kid activities. She loves being a doctor, but she also has her “sigh” days. A mentor encouraged her that she had a story to tell; she wonders what might happen if all the words in her heart were to tumble out.
RH+ is an OB/GYN in private practice in the Midwest. She has 2 boys and an awesome SAHD husband. MIM was where she was first bitten by the writing bug but she has since gone on to blog at several sites. She currently writes for the WebMD Women's Health Blog and Grace for Moms. She has also co-authored a book, The Pregnancy Companion. She'd love for you to connect with her on twitter @drheathrupe.
The Red Humor is a medical oncologist and hematologist in clinical practice. She is married to a very patient non-physician husband who allows her vent thunderously about the frustrations of her job without questioning why she does it or why she loves it. She has a daughter (born in 2009) and a son (born in 2012) and blogs about motherhood and her kids at www.theredhumor.com.
Tia is a soon-to-be first time mom who also happens to practice inpatient neurology.
She currently works on the west coast but grew up back east so will be likely making the trek back over there soon. Her husband is also in medicine and completing training soon. He is a life partner and supporter as she figures out what she wants in terms of career and life balance. MiM reader for years, she's excited to experience the new mommy journey with other working medical moms and share her experiences with everyone.
WimWop is an internist and researcher at an academic medical center. She's married to a loving but busy attorney, with whom she has two children (born 2008 and 2012). At work she is passionate about improving care for patients, and at home she loves to try new recipes and be silly with her kids. This is her first blogging gig.
X-ray vision is a radiology resident on the west coast, a mother with one daughter, little C (2013) and wife to big C (orthopedic spine fellow starting August 2015 on the east coast). They met at the gym despite everyone else’s assumption that she was his medical student when he was a surgical intern. She likes to travel (even though that came to halt post residency and baby), run (also non-existent at the current moment) and dreaming of a future post residency (this one still happens every day). She started reading Mothers in Medicine her intern year when she unexpectedly became pregnant and is happy to contribute to a blog that has been a source of motivation and inspiration during her years of residency and motherhood.