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May 15, 1987

Dr Mom

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Brick, NJ

Brick, NJ

JAMA. 1987;257(19):2594. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390190072018

To the Editor.—  "Dr Mom"1 found only exhaustion and frustration as she tried to raise a family and pursue a career in medicine. Yet there are some among us, male and female physicians alike, who are enjoying both family and career at the same time.Most of us rely on the support of our spouses, and together we plan our career choices to meet the needs of both individuals. Of course, if one spouse chooses to pursue a position that requires truly "workaholic" dedication, that person—male or female—can meet the children after high school graduation. Others of us find a niche that allows one to find professional and family satisfaction.We are both full-time pediatricians, with the hours and on-call schedule that this implies. We work together, and every responsibility in our lives is taken by the more willing soul, be it laundry or a neonatal resuscitation. Our children