I’ve also always known that I wanted to be a mom. I’m the oldest child in my family with six younger brothers, so I feel like I’ve been a mom my whole life.
When I had my first daughter in medical school, she had a lot of health issues, so I took a year off of school. For the nine months that I was out of school, I was a stay-at-home mom. I loved the one-on-one time with my daughter, but there was still a part of me that longed for some fulfillment outside of home.
It was during residency that I really began to feel the pull between work and home, and I worried that my two dreams – being a mom and a doctor were incongruent.
It’s always been important to me to take the time to teach my patients face-to-face, but I soon found that the extra time I was spending to educate and answer questions was constantly putting me “behind” on my paperwork. When I worked in the clinic, the work always followed me home. I was physically home, but not mentally. I found myself reviewing labs and finishing notes late into the night.
I first heard about Docs Who Care while I was in residency. I started moonlighting to gain some experience and to practice what I had been learning.
After residency, I worked for a couple of other organizations, but I kept coming back to the idea of having control over my schedule.
I picked up a few shifts with Docs Who Care, and then I was hooked. Once I got a taste of the flexibility and ability to control my life and my schedule there was no turning back. I love the autonomy. This is the most human I’ve felt. The DWC staff truly cares about me as a person. I feel like family.
We have a tendency to stay in a very black and white world, but the fun part of life is the gray zone. That’s where variety and fun are!
If I want to work less, I can work less. If I want to pursue other passions, I can do that! My goal is to be able to retire when I’m 50, and I’m working toward that goal while maintaining a flexible schedule.
Trust me. To be able to have that type of control over your life, to be able to create the life that you want and still not waste all those years of training and the investment you’ve made in your education, is an incredible feeling!