its good to see you with dr rupa wong podcast

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It's Good to See You with Dr. Rupa Wong

Join host, Dr. Rupa Wong, physician, practice owner & mother of 3, as she empowers women to redefine what having it all means.  Each week she delves into the challenges of balance, time management, entrepreneurship, and being a boss on your terms.

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Yes, I am managing partner for my 3 doctor ophthalmology practice, have 3 kids, serve on 3 non-profit Boards, co-founded a women's medical conference, etc. But.... It's not about doing EVERYTHING. It's about doing the right things.
I'm not talking about self-serving, self-absorbed, self -interested kind of self-promotion. The kind which seems cringey. I'm talking about the simple act of discussing your unique strengths and talents.
There are so many times when we are told we cannot do what we set out to do. When someone throws obstacles our way. Or expects we will fail when faced with a difficult journey. And, that's where being crystal clear on your goals and values is key. Because then you have the drive to overcome these things. I was reminded of all of this when I spoke with one of my BFF earlier this week, Dr. Pamela Mehta. She's an orthopedic surgeon which is a field dominated by men. Only 6% of orthopedic surgeons are women. During her career, she was faced with gender bias and discrimination, and she overcame it to thrive and succeed
Recently I let the vocal minority access to my mental space. I started reading some negative comments one of my social media posts. And, it got me really down. Ultimately, I was able to shake it off and recognize the good I was putting out there, but it prompted a lot of self-reflection about my need to please others. This goes beyond trolls on social media. Those are relatively easy to disregard. The harder act is learning that we don't need to always please those of us who we care about.
I still remember my first real job after all my training. 4 years college. 4 years of medical school. 4 years of surgical residency. 1 year of surgical fellowship.

Salaries were predetermined according to your post-graduate level for residency and fellowship. But, my first job - that was the first time I was given an offer letter. I had no clue what to do with it. My brother urged me negotiate the salary, but I wasn't sure how.

It's Back to School time and nothing causes more disorganization in our family than our kids not knowing where they're going or what they're supposed to pack.
married for 2 years (they had a "love marriage" different from the stereotypical arranged marriage that most Westerners know about). My dad was working in Kuwait as an electrical engineer and thought that moving to the U.S. was a great next step. My mother had no frame of reference and figured why not. She moved without any immediate family or support.
I never thought that I had experienced burnout, when I was asked about it a few years ago. I love what I do. Sure, I have felt stressed and overburdened at times, but I didn't think the term burnout applied to me. I never felt like I needed to quit my job or leave medicine altogether. But that's where I was wrong. I had experienced burnout, but I just didn't recognize it.
Recently, a well known consultant in my field made some troubling comments about female ophthalmologists. Though, I do believe they were unintentional, he insinuated that women's desire for work-life balance leads them to work part time and therefore causes issues in succession planning for retiring ophthalmologists.