Mothers in Medicine

Career, Practice, and Life Lessons Learned

  • Katherine Chretien

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Ashley VanDercar, Hilit F. Mechaber
    Pages 11-20
  3. Monique Tello
    Pages 31-60
  4. Andrea Flory
    Pages 61-67
  5. Jenni Levy
    Pages 69-77
  6. Elizabeth Ann Seng, Dawn Baker, Kathleen Y. Ogle
    Pages 97-111
  7. Jane H. Chretien, Audrey P. Corson
    Pages 113-120
  8. Rebecca E. MacDonell-Yilmaz
    Pages 121-129
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 131-133

About this book


Women are entering medical school in equal numbers as men, yet still face unique challenges in a profession where, overall, male physicians outnumber female physicians 3 to 1. Women in medicine also face decisions such as when to have a child during training and often struggle with work-life balance. This book features real stories and advice from mothers in medicine at all stages of training from medical student to practicing physician and addresses the topics that shape the lives, joys, and challenges of women in medicine today. The book is based on the best posts and wisdom shared on the Mothers in Medicine blog, which was established in 2008 by the editor and has published over 1500 posts and has over 4.8 million page views to date.    

The book is organized by themes that are unique to the physician-mother: career decisions, having children during training, navigating life challenges, practice issues, and work-life balance. Each chapter features an excerpt from the blog followed by an honest discussion of the key considerations, guidelines, and tips as related to each topic in the conversational, personal tone of the blog. The book concludes with a chapter that features the most popular questions posted on the Mothers in Medicine blog and a summary of the responses received from the community of readers. Mothers in Medicine: Career, Practice, and Life Lessons Learned is a valuable and contemporary resource for pre-medical students, medical students, residents, and physicians.  


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Editors and affiliations

  • Katherine Chretien
    • 1
  1. 1.Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of MedicineGeorge Washington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesWashington, DCUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-68027-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-68028-6
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