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How to Overcome the Struggles of Being a Doctor Mom

How to Overcome the Struggles of Being a Doctor Mom

As a mom of 5 and a pediatrician and lactation consultant, I am one busy woman. If you are reading this, your life is probably just as crazy as mine. As physicians, we are charged with the task of taking care of others. But many times that leaves us too empty to take...

You Don’t Have to Prove You Are a Great Doctor

You Don’t Have to Prove You Are a Great Doctor

I Finally Realized I Was a Good Doctor Do you recall your first year as an attending and what that was like? For me, it was a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs practicing as an emergency physician in a semi-rural town in Illinois. But once I found my stride...

6 Simple Ways To Teach Your Kids About Black History

6 Simple Ways To Teach Your Kids About Black History

Black History Month is upon us. Over the years, my children have been assigned a wide variety of Black History Month projects by their teachers. They have created paper collages about famous African-Americans, replicated the creations of Black inventors, and even...

5 Tips on Becoming an Effective Leader

5 Tips on Becoming an Effective Leader

Hearing the word leader or leadership can be scary for some yet exciting for others. Some people have planned to take on leadership roles, yet others were thrown into it unexpectedly.  I believe that everyone has been a leader at some point in their life whether...

You Don’t Have to Prove You Are a Great Doctor

You Don’t Have to Prove You Are a Great Doctor

I Finally Realized I Was a Good Doctor Do you recall your first year as an attending and what that was like? For me, it was a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs practicing as an emergency physician in a semi-rural town in Illinois. But once I found my stride...

Navigating Pumping as a Working Mom

Navigating Pumping as a Working Mom

“Breast is best”. This is something that you may have heard over and over again when it comes to infant feeding. We know that breastfeeding has a long list of benefits for both mom and baby. Depending on your field, you may discuss these benefits with the families you...

Announcing Our 2022 Women in White Coats Hero of the Year!

Announcing Our 2022 Women in White Coats Hero of the Year!

Dr. Maryam Zia was voted by her peers as the 2022 Women in White Coats Hero of the Year! She was presented her award at the 2022 Women in White Coats CME Conference and Wellness Retreat and this is her beautiful and touching acceptance speech.  Good evening. Hope...

300 Physician Suicides a Year: Our Silent Healthcare Epidemic

300 Physician Suicides a Year: Our Silent Healthcare Epidemic

Another physician suicide happened on December 27, 2021. Shock, despair, and disbelief hit me all at once when I read the Facebook post about my colleague. No, no, no!!!! Not again!! I can’t believe this happened again. I felt a huge dagger pierce my heart. I could...

Editor’s Corner: Misinformation is the equal opportunity virus!

Editor’s Corner: Misinformation is the equal opportunity virus!

Living in Green Bay can be a lot of fun.  Among other things, there is football and there are four seasons. And it has great health care. Green Bay has been in the top 50 list of cities with excellent healthcare, including one of the top hospitals in the country....

Editors Corner: The Holidays Are Upon Us.

Editors Corner: The Holidays Are Upon Us.

Just last week was Diwali, the Indian festival of lights that is now celebrated universally. It is a celebration of good over evil and light over darkness. This was my first Diwali spent with none of my two children at home and it was a new experience for me.  With my...

Delta surge and vaccines: Why I am angry.

Delta surge and vaccines: Why I am angry.

The surge of the delta variant of the novel Coronavirus is upon us. Normally summertime conjures up images of vacations and sunshine and barbecues with loved ones. Everyone’s eyes are usually bright and brimming with excitement. Unfortunately, we are seventeen months...

How to Successfully Stop Your Adolescent From Wetting the Bed

How to Successfully Stop Your Adolescent From Wetting the Bed

Bedwetting is the most common sleep-related issue among children. As a mom of 4 children, 3 of them boys, this was a major problem in our family. I went to doctor appointments asking why my 10-year-old was still wetting the bed. I was told all sorts of things about my...

How to Find Joy in Being a Doctor Mom

How to Find Joy in Being a Doctor Mom

Being a doctor mom is no easy feat. There is much to juggle, and it can be tough to find any sort of true work-life balance. There are many struggles that come with this role, but there are many more joys to being a mother in medicine.  As a pediatrician and...

URGENT: The Surprising Thing PMS is Trying to Tell Your Body

URGENT: The Surprising Thing PMS is Trying to Tell Your Body

As a woman, have you ever been asked the question “Is it that time of the month again”? It’s typically asked in a snarky, sarcastic manner, and usually comes from our partner, family members, or close friends. This euphemism actually refers to a woman being on her...

How I Gained Back My Femininity as a Woman Doctor

How I Gained Back My Femininity as a Woman Doctor

I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my feminine outfits lately. The reason is because I recently Marie Kondo’d my closet and got rid of all the things I didn’t use or love. What Happened When I Took a Hard Look In My Closet I took a long look in my closet, then...

Ep #118: A Conversation with Hero of the Year Dr. Maryam Zia

Ep #118: A Conversation with Hero of the Year Dr. Maryam Zia

This episode is a special one! Dr. Archana Shrestha interviews Dr. Maryam Zia, who was voted by her peers as the 2022 Women in White Coats Hero of the Year! Dr. Zia reflects on receiving this reward and shares her thoughts on self compassion. Tune in to hear this...

Preventing Burnout as a Pediatrician

Preventing Burnout as a Pediatrician

As a Pediatrician, are you starting to feel overwhelmed by all of the uncertainty in medicine today?  In the midst of the pandemic, physicians of all specialties have felt an increasingly heavy burden. As Pediatricians, we were somewhat “saved” from the perils of...

Finding Harmony in #WomeninMedicine Month

Finding Harmony in #WomeninMedicine Month

September is Women in Medicine Month, and I have loved seeing all the promotions.  I have created some myself and shared them.  Many women's physician wellness conferences are set in September to honor and amplify this.  It is a time for celebration and...

COVID -19 and The City: A doctor’s experience.

COVID -19 and The City: A doctor’s experience.

My professional experience with COVID-19 was that I lost my clinic.  I am a pediatrician working in a school-based health center on a high school campus in the South Bronx.  When Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio discussed whether or not to close the public...