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As a full-time practicing OB/GYN, busy mother of two children, and daughter of an ailing parent, I found it difficult to juggle work and the rest of my life. A typical day in private practice included going to work by 7 am and leaving work just in time to pick up the kids to feed them dinner and get them ready for bed. Even in a large group with a very reasonable call schedule, there always seemed to be the patient that was so close to delivery that if I just stayed another 30 minutes, I wouldn’t feel like I abandoned her.
I loved my job and had dedicated many years of my life to school and residency to earn the opportunity to establish a thriving OB/GYN private practice. I absolutely did not want to give that up, but I was clearly missing the rest of my life. Even if my family could function without me, I wanted to see my kids after school, help with homework, go to ballet recitals, and cheer from the sidelines of soccer games. I was committed to finding a way in which I could live my life.
I had heard about OB hospitalists or laborists, and in my search for a better balance, I stumbled upon Ob Hospitalist Group. OB hospitalists are experienced OB/GYNs who can respond to life-threatening labor and delivery emergencies, such as hemorrhages, prolonged fetal distress, and hypertensive emergencies. We ensure every patient presenting to triage has the opportunity to be evaluated and reassured by a physician – essentially becoming the glue that helps a labor and delivery unit become safer, more efficient, and more productive.
Being a full-time OB/GYN hospitalist entails working 7-9 shifts a month, while receiving a comparable salary to private practice. That leaves about 21 days a month to spend time with family, travel, and pursue hobbies outside of medicine. When you are not on a scheduled shift, there are no medical records to finish, no patients to call back, and no calls or pages interrupting your personal time.
After making the switch to become a full-time OB hospitalist, I realized that this is truly the career path for me. I can make a real impact on the lives of my patients, and they express their gratitude toward me just as in private practice. This is a career that I am truly blessed to be able to do. If you are interested in gaining a better work/life balance and a rewarding career by joining the leading employer of OB/GYN hospitalists in the nation, contact Recruiting@OBHG.com. Or contact me directly at DrDimino@OBHG.com to get more information.
Rakhi Dimino, MD
Medical Director of Operations, Ob Hospitalist Group
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