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On Being Dr. Mom

Christine Laine, MD, Deputy Editor
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Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(7):579-580. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-7-199810010-00013
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In my 4 years as both academic physician and parent, I have learned the following: The day that the babysitter calls in sick is invariably the same day that your children are battling a gastrointestinal virus, you have 20 patients on your outpatient schedule, 2 of these patients will require hospitalization, and 12 medical students expect you to precept a session on medical interviewing. It is also likely to be the day before your most recent grant application is due. If your spouse enjoys the same career as you, he or she is apt to be 400 miles away at a scientific meeting.

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