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The work-life balance challenge: Insights from the 2019 Canadian Women in Medicine Conference

At the 2019 Canadian Women in Medicine conference, we wanted to know about conference attendees’ biggest challenges as practising physicians, and how they manage their work-life balance. Here’s what they told us.

My greatest challenge is just balancing all the different demands.

Staying up to date with the way things are changing in my field of radiology.

Wanting to be the physician I know I can be, and still having enough of myself left to do all the other things I need to do and need to be in my day to day life.

It's not where I want it to be, but I'm trying to focus a little bit more on that.

Managing my family, and my work, and my hobbies has been a struggle at times.

It's a work in progress, but I think I'm improving as I become more senior.

And I feel like my work-life balance is actually improved.

I've prioritized time for myself first.

You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else.

Know when to call for help.

Speak to your friends, speak with your colleagues, find people that understand your situation or

sometimes those who are not at all in your situation, but they'll give you another lens to view it.

I used to try really hard to separate my work from my personal life and life's not like that you can't compartmentalize everything.

So now I'm working more on trying to make sure that what I value and what is important to me is reflected in how I spend my time and energy.