medical school, physician, physician shortage, retirement, Uncategorized

Where Have All the Doctor’s Gone?

by Valerie A. Jones, MD As my husband passed the milestone birthday of 40, he thought it would be a good idea to get a physical exam as it had been several years since he saw a physician. Easy task, right? We soon came to find that the landscape of health care had been changing… Continue reading Where Have All the Doctor’s Gone?

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All Posts, miscarriage, OB GYN, Parenting, pregnancy, Women's Health

What Happens When You Have a Miscarriage?

You can’t believe it. You are finally pregnant with a much- desired pregnancy.  You carefully planned out how you would tell your husband the exciting news and it made your heart explode seeing his reaction.  You are floating on cloud nine and love having this little “secret” that only you and your partner know about. … Continue reading What Happens When You Have a Miscarriage?

All Posts, physician, retirement

The Reason Everyone is Retiring Early from Their Medical Career

There has been a disturbing shift in how medical professionals feel about their career.  I almost cringe every time I’m at a party or social gathering now and tell people I retired early from my medical practice. I try not to bring it up.  I don’t cringe out of fear for how they will perceive… Continue reading The Reason Everyone is Retiring Early from Their Medical Career

hospital, physician, Physician Training, surgery

Under the Sterile Drape

I could hear the scream from across the room.  It was shrill and filled with panic.  Any parent can identify the difference between the cries of normal toddler discomforts and a true emergency.  I dropped what I was doing in the kitchen and found my 3 year- old lying motionless on the ground, unable to… Continue reading Under the Sterile Drape

Investing, physician, retirement

The Financial Road to Early Retirement in my 30’s

While early retirement was not my goal when I embarked on my medical career, it was possible due to some key principles adopted early in my career. An unexpected health scare made me reevaluate my hectic and increasingly stressful life as an obstetrician. Financial independence (having “enough” without the need for a paycheck anymore) was… Continue reading The Financial Road to Early Retirement in my 30’s