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Find out how and why growing numbers of family physicians are working less.
Although some physicians try to balance their busy lives by setting clear boundaries between work and home, this physician explains how she benefits from letting her professional and personal lives overlap.
The author, a family physician, discusses the difficulties of balancing a professional career with the responsibilities of motherhood.
In the second part of this two-part series, the author discusses the criteria he recommends using to assess the state of a physician's marriage as well as "tools" to use to strengthen a marriage.
In the first of a two-part series, the author provides some basic principles of marriage (e.g., maintain boundaries, acknowledge that relationships go through phases, etc.) in order to help physicians focus on and improve their own marriages, if necessary.
Having trouble coping with the demands of your profession? Self-examination can make your work more meaningful and manageable.
Some physicians take regularly scheduled "retreats" as a means to prevent burn out and stay enthusiastic about medicine. This article discusses the benefits of taking personal retreats and provides direction for those interested in incorporating retreats into their lives.
This approach to family practice assures continuity of care for your patients as well as a healthy life balance and a decent paycheck for you.
A little levity and a sense of humor may help prevent burnout and give physicians the perspective they need to deal with the difficulties of practicing medicine today.
The authors show how to rediscover the meaning of practicing medicine by learning to identify your personal needs and values.