Welcome to the smorgasbord of things I do outside the hospital to try to elevate the health of the community and advocate for all kids. Catch a glimpse here of how the life of a primary care pediatrician includes many diverse activities. Connect with me on Twitter @Betamomma and Linked-In. Also, check out the betamomma blog if you are interested in evidenced-based good-enough parenting ideas from a pediatrician mom.
I have been journaling since elementary school, blogging since college, and contributing to newspapers since medical school. All intermittently, often interrupted by exams, 80-hour work weeks and… laziness. It’s only been about 3 years after settling into an attending job that I’ve been able to consistently write. Google docs has been the best app for this, as I quickly rework a sentence or jot down ideas for an article in between patients, while waiting for a face mask to dry, or sitting in the car. Here is a collection of my published articles.
How to set up a Twitter account. Medium.
Check out Getting To Yes, the book where BATNA,
best alternative to a negotiated agreement, was first coined.
Gloss, Glam, and the Glass Ceiling in Medicine. Doximity.
Why starting school later is a good idea. DelcoTimes.
Congress needs to renew CHIP. DelcoTimes.
Talking to kids about 13 Reasons Why. DelcoTimes.
Oh, and the blog.
I speak every day in the exam room on a micro level to kids, teens, and parents. Sometimes grandparents, too. But the amazing benefit of speaking to a crowd of teens or parents is that I don’t have to write notes! I don’t have to click through 100 electronic medical record obstacles to document what I say. I reach a whole lot more ears by speaking to a (small) crowd. Here are some places I have been proud to speak at.
Newborn prenatal classes at Riddle Memorial Hospital
Health Talk for Teens at the Middletown Juvenile Detention Center
PA AAP obesity educator for clinicians at various primary care offices
Residency noon conference at AI DuPont Hospital for Children – Social Media for Medical Students and Residents
Youtube channel: Not sure if this counts, but since this is my blog, I’ll include it here. Betamomma Book Break is a series videos for parents to get ideas on how to interactively read to their kids.
I am proud to be a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and am grateful for their resources to help me talk to legislators and the community about putting kids first. Through training at their Legislative Conference, I was inspired to write a few opinion pieces – see the articles above from DelcoTimes. I also call the state senators regularly about bills and issues pertain to child and maternal health. And of course, I vote (that’s the spoiler for this article here).
Women in Medicine
I co-founded Girl Med Media, Inc, a non-profit to support women in medicine with the mission to amplify the voices of women in medicine and empower them through educational opportunities. Girl Med Media had have its first live event, a continuing medical education conference (Girl_Med_Live_2018_Flyer), in Dallas, TX on Nov 2-4, 2018. Follow them on Twittter at @GirlMedMedia to join a supportive community and to find out about future events.
As the numbers of pi continue on, so my interests and hobbies spill beyond the finite pie of my time. I don’t do everything I want often enough or skilled enough, but I dedicate some slice of my schedule to these things enough to make my brain happy and balanced.
Running, baking, TRAVEL!, coffee, music. And, hanging out with my kids. Some of these interests can be combined, such as traveling with my kids, baking with my kids, super slow jogging as my 6 year old rides her scooter along side me, picking out different CDs from the library to expose my kids to different types of music. I also try to run when I travel as a way to explore a new place.
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