I am currently half way through my 3 year heme/onc fellowship- I have a 7 month old son (which has obviously changed everything as you all well know!!) Anyway, are any members practicing oncologists or know any female oncologists- I’ve become pretty depressed about the lifestyle and don’t think I will be able to find a job with reasonable / part-time hours. I don’t know if it is worth finishing the fellowship if I’m not going to use it. I could always do Internal medicine or not work for a while (my husband is a dermatologist so financially we are OK)– I would appreciate any input!!!! :scratchchin:
No, I’m not an oncologist, but your situation reminds me so much of a co-fellow when I was still in training. She had her first child, a son, in March of that first year and didn’t want to come back to finish. I helped talk her into finishing the year out and then she left the program to do internal medicine parttime at a university affiliated practice(she’d already done this for 2yrs before fellowship). She kept up with things in the field even in her medical practice. That was 10yrs ago, and now her kids are in school and she has just published an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine in our field… Could you just finish this year and still be considered a clinical specialist?
My husband is a private practice oncologist, and his hours, schedule, and stress level are terrible! That is one of the reasons I am out on leave from my practice for a while- we could not handle it. A woman in his practice left after having a baby, and we have kept in touch. For a while she did some int. med. work- even picked up some hours doing physicals on an army base! Anyway, she loved onc, especially breast ca. So she contacted her fellowship program and they took her on part time as a clinical prof, at realtively low pay. Her hubby makes plenty of money so they were okay. She basically wrote her own ticket because she was giving them cheap labor. Last time we spoke she was thrilled. I guess it shows you that if you love what you do and can be flexible, there is always a way. Good luck!