October 2, 2002 at 10:44 pm #39663bella121Participant
I am a recently married ER doc working in the burbs of Philadlephia. Family issues are foremost on my mind. I want to get pregnant ASAP. I am worried about juggling work with pregnany and then child rearing. I want to continue to work full-time. Although shift work will allow me to spend full days with my child, how do I manage work days and even more difficult work nights. I know my husband will need to pitch in big time but how do other EM docs manage coming home from a 7P to 7A shift with a new born irregularly speeping child? Also I am questioning my currant contract. As of now my “boss” has no provision for maternity leave only what the Federal law has allowed (leave of absence and a job when I return). I want to demand more but would like to know how other women specifially in Emergency Medicine have handled the issue. Help!December 8, 2002 at 7:40 am #39664MomMDParticipant
bump!!!December 9, 2002 at 2:34 am #39665snsParticipant
La Leche League has some info on their website about negotiating leave. Good luck.February 14, 2003 at 5:38 am #39666kiddiestatdocParticipant
I am an ER doc and have not been able to do it full time despite the fact that we have a supposedly flexible schedule. I work half time so that I can have the patience and sanity to deal with my 2 year old. I am a single mom so there is no juggling with my partner. It is all on me. I do not do overnights and am on a set weekend schedule so that I can find a regular babysitter and not have my time clock constantly reset. If I end up doing an overnight as a favor I make sure I have childcare the day before and after so I can get anchor sleep in. I think full time ED is too stressful for me to handle with a kid to think about but I envy those who can do it. Most of my colleagues with kids are doing set overnights so they can be on a regular schedule and be with their kids during the day. I would just collapse if I had to take care of my kid after working all night.February 14, 2003 at 9:48 pm #39667**DONOTDELETE**Participant
how easy was it for you to find at part-time ER position? I am thinking about doing this when I have kids. Did you work for a certain number of years full time before asking for a part-time position? How do other docs feel apart part-time docs? Are you still receiving full benefits? I am only starting to look into this and don’t have much information. No one at my hospital is part-time.February 15, 2003 at 5:43 am #39668kiddiestatdocParticipant
It is not easy to find a part time ER position but it is easy to do per diem work and run your own show. I started out working per diem for my hospital and lucked into a half time position with full time benefits. I don’t know of many hospitals that offer this so when I got it after moonlighting there for a year, I grabbed it. I think part time docs are not viewed any differently but it is too early for me to tell. Also, since I am only a weekend worker I don’t have as much interaction with the “regulars” but I think my colleagues feel I am as capable as they are.February 18, 2003 at 12:00 am #39669GracieThreeParticipant
I am boarded in Internal Medicine but was at one time considering working for a local ER until I could decide on what I wanted to do in terms of practice selection. I was offered a part-time ER position (seven 12-hour shifts a month) with full-time benefits for about $108K.
In terms of opinions regarding part time physicians, there is no ill-will in this area. I think if anything, the other docs are saying “Now why didn’t I think of that?” QOL means so much!!
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