Medical Women’s Dinner Offers Practical Strategies for Balancing Personal, Professional Life
by Nancy Dale
than 130 women physicians and medical students from the Niagara and
Hosted by the OMA Women's
Issues Committee and the OMA Public Affairs and Communications
Department, the evening featured a keynote presentation by
Many guests found Dr. Gautam's candid approach to these subject matters helpful. Referencing the many personal trials and tribulations that she experiences raising her own three sons, Dr. Gautam illustrated to audience members that they are not alone in their daily battles to balance family time and full patient rosters. Some of the themes touched upon during the presentation included the importance of taking time out to rejuvenate one's body, mind and soul, and the idea that taking on a new task, making dinner for the family, and squeezing in a few new patients at the end of the day - every day - will eventually take its toll. Following the presentation, one audience member echoed the general sentiment expressed by many of the guests when she said, "Dr. Gautam's discussion tonight made me realize that it is not considered a selfish act when I take some time out for myself because, in reality, I won't be of any use to anyone else - to my family or my patients unless I am in healthy form first!" Dr. Gautam reminded audience members that dealing with stress, and recognizing personal limits, will go a long way to achieving a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Many women also found the evening useful for networking with fellow medical women from surrounding communities who face similar challenges. Additional events hosted by the Women's Issues Committee are currently being planned.
To obtain further information, contact Nancy Dale, OMA Public Affairs and Communications Department, at (416) 599-2580 or 1-800-268-7215, ext. 3304, or via e-mail (nancy_dale@ oma.org).