Surgeon. Mother. Humanist.

I am an MD/PhD, presently a clinical fellow in Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. I completed my general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 2011. I’m currently in the lab, studying melanoma genomics while plotting and scheming to finally get a real job one of these days.

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  1. Dear Genevieve,
    I just finished reading your very thoughtful blog posting on KevinMD titled “Lean In. The subtle Complexity of Having it All in Medicine. I am a practicing gastroenterologist in Philadelphia (33 years) and trained at the Brigham.
    My first comment is that your daughter needs you more than your patients do. No one leaves the earth and says that I spent too much time with my family and not enough time at work. The main priority is to take care of your family, the people in this world that truly love you and need you. I think it is impossible to be a Master of the Universe, because your professional and personal lives occur in the same time continuum. It is not like you can work a 16 hour day, then be home when your daughter wakes up from sleep at a theoretical 8pm and feed her breakfast and send her off to school. If you and your daughter (husband also) led sequential lives rather than parallel lives (you working and your daughter growing up at the same time), you could take care of everything, sleep 3 or 4 hours a night and then get up the next day and do it all over again. You cannot be in two places at the same time.
    My main regret in life is that I did not spend more time with my two lovely daughters when they were small. I missed a lot of those activities mentioned in your article because I was working 12 hour days in a then 3 person GI practice and left home when they were waking up and returned home when they were either asleep or doing their homework. I have an excellent relationship with both of my daughters (ages 31 and 34) and they are very successful professionally. My wife did not work when my children were in school and was the anchor in my family. We sort of did it the traditional way using the family model that is now outdated.
    I think your choices come down to letting your husband raise your daughter or you will need to modify your schedule to have more regular hours. We have two women that are highly competent gastroenterologists in our 11 person group. One works part time, 4 days per week from 0930-1430. She is off on Mondays. The other doc works 3 full days per week from 0830 to 1700. Both women are the primary care takers for their kids and both are married to other physicians. They are happy seeing patients and taking good care of their patients, but neither has the time for the academic and administrative activities that our group provides to Drexel University College of Medicine and the Aria Health Hospital System.
    Medicine is an unforgiving profession. We could work and study 24 hours around the clock and still not be doing enough to enhance our skill set. Possibly a solution is to focus more on research and less on clinical care. There are so many emergencies in general surgery. I think you will still have the time to cure cancer and take care of our family. I wish you all the best as you confront this dilemma. Feel free to contact me if you think it might help.

    Geoff

    Geoffrey L. Braden MD
    Chief, Division of Internal Medicine
    Aria Health Hospital System
    Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
    Drexel University College of Medicine
    Philadelphia, Pa.
    gastrodoc@comcast.net
    610-664-0793 (home)
    610-960-2930 (cell)

    1. Thank you so much! I agree – as much as I love my job and my patients, I don’t think I can serve them wholeheartedly if I’m internally conflicted. So I’m working on a solution that affords some balance. As with life, I’m sure it will be a struggle, but I take your words to heart! Thank you again for taking the time to offer your wisdom.

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