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April 10, 2019

Domestic Responsibilities of Physician Mothers: Chores, Catsup Sandwiches, and Snacks

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  • 1Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
JAMA Surg. 2019;154(8):695-696. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.0535

In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Lyu and colleagues1 report that physician mothers had more domestic responsibilities than their partners. Career dissatisfaction was higher in those who were proceduralists. The key to career satisfaction is to outsource those domestic chores you do not want to do and to make your own rules.2

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    2 Comments for this article
    Great commentary
    Jo Herzog, MD | Brookwood Dermatology
    As a mom of five, I loved your commentary. Your short tales are perfect examples of things that we have done, and can do , to balance our lives. In the end we must remember to pick our battles and be there for the most important but to delegate what someone else can do as well as we can or better(clean, iron, maybe even cook a meal, etc). It sometimes gets tough and stressful but we manage to get through it. I do believe that our children grow up to be strong hard working adults having had us as role models.
    Mothers and Fathers
    Donald Levin | Private Practice
    I have often thought, or either Mother's Day, or Father's Day, that these labels were too confining. I salute mothers the world over, but realize that there is a great deal of crossover. Why should we not celebrate Mother's on "Father's Day," when so many Mom's occupy the traditional father's role, as well as the traditional "mother's role"? And why should we not salute Dad's on Mother's Day, when there are so many, who by choice or not, fulfill both roles?

    So, let us all celebrate our Mothers and Grandmothers, who have worked so hard and deserve so much
    respect. But let us remember, that as in medicine and in life, one size does not fit all. Let us be grateful to all those who helped us as infants, growing children, students and adults. Mother's Day is a celebration of humanity!

    To all mothers, whether still with us or past, we love you and thank you for all the unsung work and love that you give us.