Podcast Episode 45 – How to Balance a Career and Family as a Physician Mom – Dr. Hala Sabry

Physician Mom Dr. Hala Sabry

Episode 45 – We’ve talked a lot this month about business and leadership, and today I want to delve into how we balance that drive and ambition with family pursuits.  We all want to be devoted spouses and parents, but our careers demand a lot of time and energy.  So, how do we strike a balance between those two?  Dr. Hala Sabry has extensive experience in that as a physician mom of 5 kids and a serial entrepreneur.  I think you’ll really relate to her struggles and hopefully you’ll get some ideas for how to maintain that sense of balance in your own life. Enjoy part 3 of my four part series with her.

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Meet Dr. Hala Sabry

Dr. Hala Sabry founder of Physician Moms Group

Dr. Hala Sabry is a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine physician, the founder of Physician Moms Group (PMG), and a super mom of five- with two sets of twins!

Being a mother of five has given Hala a unique expertise and skill set to help other parents in the medical field. After years of infertility, she found that balancing motherhood and a career in medicine was challenging.

She frequently fought through fear, negative self-talk, and a recurring desire to quit her job in medicine, and she knew other mothers and physicians must have experienced the same struggles. She attributes having a solid support system (PMG) and life coaching in helping her manage her thoughts and reaffirm her “why.”

She has built one of the largest physician communities in the world (Physician Moms Group), now with 115,000+ members!  She’s also on the board of a new startup company to help connect patients and physicians.

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Show times

  • 00:00 – Introduction to the episode
  • 01:16 – Subscribe to the podcast, and please leave a review!  
  • 01:29 – Email me at info@thescopeofpractice.com if you’re interested in getting one-on-one finance or career coaching. 
  • 03:02 – Introduction to Dr. Hala Sabry, founder of Physician Mom Group.
  • 03:52 – Introducing Dr. Hala Sabry for part 3 of the 4-part series with her.  Today’s topic: balancing career and family.
  • 05:11 – Dr. Sabry and her husband had challenges with infertility early in their marriage.
  • 05:44 – Is our society doing enough to help a physician mom balance career and family planning?  Dr. Hala Sabry has her doubts.
  • 08:18 – Having a community of support around her helped Dr. Sabry work through the infertility challenges, but it definitely wasn’t easy.
  • 09:31 – It’s normal to feel like your life is completely out of balance when you’re working hard on maximizing your career and your family.
  • 10:48 – Dr. Hala Sabry shares what balance means to her as a physician mom.  Basically, there’s no such thing as “balance.”  Balance is more about finding the right range, rather than finding the right level or the right number.  
  • 11:44 – How are you reaching “homeostasis”?
  • 16:00 – You need to know where you’re going if you’re going to find balance.  Dr. Hala Sabry says to define your priorities before you try to find balance.
  • 17:26 – What are your top 3 values?  Define those values before you try to balance them.  And, recognize that wherever you spend your money and your time, that’s where your values lie.
  • 18:04 – Declare your values and schedule your priorities.  Don’t just wait for things to happen to you.
  • 18:34 – Keep your appointments with yourself.  Don’t flake on yourself.
  • 20:14 – Stand up for yourself!  Have the courage to fight for what you want!  Dr. Sabry shares a story of how she did that.  
  • 21:41 – Setting and maintaining expectations are critical to your success.  Take a lesson from the experience that Dr. Hala Sabry shares.
  • 24:16 – The more often we knuckle under and refuse to stand up for ourselves leads to a bad life for ourselves.  How did Dr. Hala Sabry get the drive and determination to fight?
  • 27:55 – How do you know when it’s time to voluntarily sacrifice something in order to achieve a larger goal?  First, you have to know that you have a larger goal and know what it is.
  • 31:09 – It’s important to Dr. Hala Sabry as a physician mom that we model good behaviors to our kids.  
  • 34:40 – Connect to Dr. Hala Sabry.
  • 35:28 – Summary of the episode with Dr. Hala Sabry.
  • 38:41 – Email info@thescopeofpractice.com with the code you heard in the episode to be entered to win one of 5 free personal finance coaching sessions.
  • 37:08 – Signing off!

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