Hello guys, does anyone know if it is possible to be an OB/GYN and have quality time with your family? Thankssssss!
The issue with OB/GYN is that even in the middle of your career you are always on call and babies can come at anytime.
- gonnif Said:
I was thinking you could have an agreement that your patients will only give birth between 9am and 5pm.
I think the biggest problem with obgyn is malpractice insurance because of the perfect baby syndrome that has afflicted society. If you don't want to be sued you probably shouldn't go into ob. Docs have been getting out of ob for years now, and there are huge areas of the country lacking an ob/gyn as a result. The people have driven docs out of the field and now they're reaping the harvest.
So on the one hand you can probably write your own ticket in terms of finding a job, but on the other hand, make sure you have a good lawyer and of course document every procedure very thoroughly and watch your back.
You should talk to one of the speakers at our upcoming conference, Dr. Randy Hunt, who is a family medicine specialist. However, because of the dearth of OB/GYN in his area, he spends much of his time on maternity. so much in fact I believe that he is specializing in that solely in his practice.
BTW, I want to go in Emergency Medicine and I was speaking to the head of a ED about that and he replied “I am at the top of career and I still have to work nights!”
- PremedFla Said:
Sure. If you are one of several people in a group, you are likely to have many evenings and weekends without patient care responsibilities. You have to recognize that of course when it's your turn, you WON'T have much flexibility, but it's exactly for this reason that providers band together in groups.
My wife was a midwife for 12 years in a partnership with two other midwives. Family flexibility was the key and scheduling call. Most of the time it works out - it depends on how affirming your family is but you do miss some things - just like any working parent. There was not spontaneous weekends away or anything like that. She loved getting calls to deliver babies and, to this day, she loves seeing the stars at 2 am when it is quiet.
We used a nanny until the third child came along and then she wanted to stay with the children full-time but she knows midwives and docs who have three or four children and still deliver babies.
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