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Physicians who can balance work, family and physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in some harmony are happier, healthier, clearer in thought, more energetic, and more accepting.

Physicians who can balance work, family and physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in some harmony are happier, healthier, clearer in thought, more energetic, and more accepting.

What’s so fascinating is that the spouse will transition from an office manager to a marketing director, from being in the office to out of the office, better able to balance her life that may include exercise, kids, another job or running their own business. We’re entering a new age where the doctor’s spouse can do anything, including being a ‘he’ and not necessarily a ‘she’.

What’s so fascinating is that the spouse will transition from an office manager to a marketing director, from being in the office to out of the office, better able to balance her life that may include exercise, kids, another job or running their own business. We’re entering a new age where the doctor’s spouse can do anything, including being a ‘he’ and not necessarily a ‘she’.

One thing people rarely think of is that a doctor routinely works 60, even 80 hours a week. So a doctor's spouse is left alone most of the time. I became adept at running the household, counseling everyone from kids to other doctors and patients, and being a very pushy advocate when coming up against insurance companies.

One thing people rarely think of is that a doctor routinely works 60, even 80 hours a week. So a doctor's spouse is left alone most of the time. I became adept at running the household, counseling everyone from kids to other doctors and patients, and being a very pushy advocate when coming up against insurance companies.

We are proud of our loved ones’ accomplishments; but we don’t define ourselves by their careers. We are their partners and have as much a vested interest in medicine as they do.

We are proud of our loved ones’ accomplishments; but we don’t define ourselves by their careers. We are their partners and have as much a vested interest in medicine as they do.

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