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Jennifer Frank, MD

Jennifer Frank, MD

Jennifer Frank, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in private practice in northeastern Wisconsin, and in perpetual search of the elusive work-life balance that she's heard so much about. She is a mother of four, whose husband, also a physician, is a stay-at-home dad.

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I always seek to provide a therapeutic interaction. However, I often seek it in the certainty of medical knowledge and behind the veneer of science.

Many practices struggle with providing same-day care. But in many cases, offering flexibility may mean the difference between keeping and losing a patient.

I believe in achieving work-life balance. However, my hobbies seem to include learning new shortcuts on the EHR and reading my Kindle while brushing my teeth.

There is a sense of the sacred in what we do. It is a privilege to share in our patients' lives — both the best and the worst times.

The balance between medical failures and successes can be challenging to navigate. Yet, for our own benefit and sanity, we must accept our humanity.

Giving up important aspects of patient care has become the imperative for many physicians. But that doesn't make letting go any easier.

This physician wonders why her patients so often refuse low-risk, high-benefit treatments because the media or family friends say they are dangerous.

Finding the optimal way to use NPs and PAs as part of the care team is not an easy task since not all universally agree upon the role they wish to have.

Repeatedly broaching a difficult conversation with a patient may mean you are missing the real issue. Don't be afraid to address the elephant in the room.

Relationships are crucial to the effective and safe practice of medicine. When disrupted, they can cause problems for us and our patients.

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