Physicians with Young Families Group

Are you trying to juggle your challenging career as a physician alongside your role as a parent?

The AMWA Physician Coaching Community is offering a 6-session facilitated discussion group for women physicians with babies and/or young children who are seeking strategies and insights to better manage a demanding career and busy family life with greater ease.  The next cohort will be offered January-March.

This six-session facilitated group coaching experience is $450, which is heavily subsidized as a benefit to AMWA members.  (The retail price is estimated at $5400.) AMWA physician coaches are ICF-certified assuring a high-value and satisfying experience.

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 Enrollment Open.  Reserve a Spot to Join the Next Cohort to Begin in January

How Might This Coaching Program Help You?

If you are a woman physician with a young family, it is likely that you feel overwhelmed, stretched very thin, and pulled in many different directions as you strive to succeed both in your medical career and in your role as a mother, provider, and family manager. You may feel that you have to be everything to everyone. But have you ever considered who you are and who you want to be for yourself? Or how to find the time and energy to add that to your life?

If this feels like you, you are not alone!

The desire to be the best version of yourself in every role is not unique, yet women in this situation often feel very alone and believe that others do not experience the same conflicts. In your pursuit of excellence, you may struggle with a sense that you are not meeting your own or others’ expectations. This causes the real and well-known phenomenon of mom-guilt. This is not a benign situation nor is it limited to feelings of guilt and being overwhelmed.

The effort to integrate your personal and professional life can create considerable strain.1 Woman with work-home conflicts is known to experience burnout at higher rates, leading to dissatisfaction, depression, and anxiety, which often leads to a decision to cut back on your work hours or leave medicine completely.2 In fact, this struggle to find a work-life balance leads to a higher chance of reducing your clinical hours within the first six years of completing your medical training.3

This innovative coaching program will allow you to gain ideas and support from professional physician coaches and other physician moms who are encountering similar issues. We anticipate that participants will develop a strong sense of community that will continue to provide mutual support long after the coaching program ends.

What Can You Expect If You Participate? 

Groups of 8-10 participants will convene once a month in facilitated groups led by two professionally trained coaches. Each session is 75 minutes and will begin with a 10-minute overview of a common issue to foster group discussion, role-playing, and story-sharing as well as guidance in exploring new approaches to the challenge presented. Groups will form pods to share and offer support between group sessions.

Program Objectives 

Participants can expect to gain support from each other as you:

  • Discover strategies that help you juggle a busy and challenging career while raising a young family.
  • Recognize that you do not have to do everything yourself and identify which tasks and responsibilities you can outsource.
  • Explore ways to manage that creeping self-doubt through strategies of self-care to fuel your inner confidence.
  • Establish boundaries to bring your more personal and professional freedom.

Session Discussion Starters:

  • Looking at current situations and experiences. What are your challenges,  resistances, and fears?
  • What is currently working for you? What would you like to achieve by being part of the program? 
  • Parental and professional guilt
  • Outsourcing and delegating tasks
  • Primary relationship equity – negotiation and sharing of jobs at home
  • Time for self-care/self wellness and what that means
  • Challenging the belief that despite taking care of everyone else, women physicians need to look after themselves too.

Physician Coaching Faculty

Karen Tindall BDS (Hons), WPCC, ACC.

Dr. Tindall is an internationally certified professional life coach and founder of Balanced Doctor, a practice established to support busy physicians who are combining demanding careers and fulltime parenting. Calling on her firsthand experience in clinical practice, she understands what it means to juggle both a career in medicine and a busy home and family life. Dr. Karen is a speaker, writer, and podcast guest covering work-life fit, personal organization, time management, and productivity.  Dr. Tindall is co-chair of the AMWA Physician Coaching Committee and leads the Physicians with Young Families Program. She pursued a career in dentistry, qualifying with a degree from the University of Newcastle, UK, with Honours then completing postgraduate training at the University of Oxford. Dr. Karen was a family dentist before moving into orthodontics for 12 years. Website: www.balanceddoctor.com

Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH

After experiencing paralyzing burnout as a primary care physician, Dr. Shannon made the hard decision to leave practice and pursue a career in writing. Her focus for 20 years has been drawing attention to clinician burnout, system inefficiency, and patient safety problems. She is co-author of Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine, which was published in 2016. Her personal experience with burnout and her desire to support clinicians motivated her to become a certified coach three years ago. She now helps clinicians gain clarity on their goals, increase their bandwidth, overcome barriers, and improve their professional and personal lives.  Dr. Shannon attended Williams College, Jefferson Medical College, and Harvard University. She completed training in Internal Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and practiced general internal medicine before making the shift to writing and coach.

Yashoda Bhaskar, MD

A retired dual-certified hospitalist internal medicine specialist, Dr. Bahaskar is an ICF-certified life coach for women physicians,  a meditation instructor and a Certified Money Coach (CMC)®. She is also a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. I am passionate about helping women physicians step into their fullest power and invest in their own well-being and highest potential.  She especially loves to help women of color who have unique struggles in medicine, having walked in those same shoes as an International medical graduate and first-generation immigrant, navigating a male-dominated practice, both as a colleague and in leadership roles. I bring wisdom, experience, and intuition to the table as a physician coach.

Dr. Yashoda went to medical school in India. She took a break to be a stay-at-home parent in Kuwait where her husband worked at the medical school. When she returned to the US, she was able to complete an Internal Medicine residency in El Paso Texas.  She was board certified in internal medicine and a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Ami Shah MD, FACS, FAAP

Dr. Shah is an associate professor of medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, and she is a certified life coach who believes that we can all have the life we want. As a recovering perfectionist, she helps find joy in the here and now. She is currently the surgical clerkship director and is currently involved in several projects to bring coaching to academic medicine. Dr. Shah completed her surgical residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center and her pediatric surgery training at the University of Florida.

Program References

  1. Dyrbye LN, Freischlag J, Kaups KL, Oreskovich MR, Satele DV, Hanks JB, Sloan JA, Balch CM, Shanafelt TD. Work-home conflicts have a substantial impact on career decisions that affect the adequacy of the surgical workforce. Arch Surg. 2012;147(10):933-939. 
  2. Hertzberg TK, Rø KI, Vaglum PJ, Moum T, Røvik JO, Gude T, Ekeberg Ø, Tyssen R. Work-home interface stress: an important predictor of emotional exhaustion 15 years into a medical career. Ind Health. 2016;54(2):139-148.  
  3. Frank E, Zhao Z, Sen S, Guille C. Gender Disparities in Work and Parental Status Among Early Career Physicians. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(8):e198340.