Being at my lowest point in life turned out to be my best teacher. Four years ago, I was in a very dark place. I was always tired and constantly wondering if I picked the right career path. I knew something had to change, but I had no idea how to improve my life.
With the help of podcasts, self-education about personal finance, and personal development, I began learning how I could shift things in my life for the better. During this time I learned about coaches and hired one. Through my coach, I learned how to create and live a happy and fulfilled life, which I will share.
Firstly, I gained the awareness that my dream life and dream career still exists and they can become a reality for me. It also became clear that I can design and live life on my own terms. When I gained this awareness, my journey began.
Secondly, I gave myself permission to go for my dream career and life. I quit my nephrology job and started doing locums as an adult hospitalist. Doing locums had advantages that a traditional job did not, including location freedom, time freedom, and flexibility with and control over my schedule and income.
The disadvantages of locums can be travel and possibility of shifts getting cancelled. I managed to get through that by having my kids travel with me when they were younger, and when they started school, I stopped travelling and only did local assignments. To prevent the feast or famine cycle, I credentialed at multiple hospitals, doing only a few shifts at each location. Diversifying my locum income streams was helpful to me, and I highly recommend it.
I continued locums for some time, but eventually became aware that the option to work from home full-time was viable. I looked into telehospitalist jobs, telemedicine, physician advisor, and utilization review options and applied to all the work from home jobs I could find. I got a job with eviCore for utilization review, but that fell through as I did not have time for the training. However, I landed a telemedicine position at MDLIVE and I was super excited when I did! Finally, I get to work from home as a physician.
Being able to work from home has allowed me to be a mom first. I get to schedule my work around my kids and family activities. The icing on the cake is that I get to work from the comfort of my zone, all without sacrificing my income. I never would have imagined this life four years ago, but here I am today.
Dreams really do come true, and I hope that this guide helps you reach your dream of a happy and fulfilled medical career and life.
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