Life Balance

A Mystical Evening with the Bright Future of our Profession

On a cold mid-November evening, we had a simply mystical experience with a select Group of ten podiatry students at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM). We had the idea of taking the commonly known concept of the Mastermind Group to a group of students who share a common goal and interesting dynamics with many similar challenges, but have quite diversified reactions and related behaviors to them. The students were freshman and sophomores chosen based on their degree of embracing their practice management class, which is now delivered as a full four year curriculum at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine with much love and passion from some of our profession’s best practice management.

Balancing Your Personal and Professional Lives

Doctors are highly motivated to be effective in their professional life but maintaining a balance with their personal lives is a challenge for all of us. How you maintain this balance will ultimately determine not only your success but also your happiness.  I have noted that occasionally I feel discouraged about various aspects of medical care such as the vast amount of paper work that I must complete in order to care for my patients or the continued decrease in reimbursements that we are all experiencing.  When I meet with my colleagues, I know that many are experiencing the same feelings about their practices.  I get very discouraged when I hear doctors talking about leaving practice when they should be at the most productive and enjoyable aspects of their career, or when they state that they wouldn’t recommend their children or family to enter the medical profession.