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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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Best intentions are often not enough to manage extra demands on a physician's time. Saying "no" can be a necessary and welcome evil.

Motivators like financial success and a fulfilling work environment are not equally shared by all physicians. It is important to ask yourself what really matters to you.

Going that extra mile for patients can be tempting. But overworked physicians must think about the "return on their time," first.

Sometimes it takes a conscious effort to get away and unplug. Just don't think you need to make up the time when you get back from your retreat.

Physicians are minted with the imperative to be perfect. Often that's a zero sum game; don't hold yourself to that exhausting goal.

Competing demands often make it difficult to draw boundaries between home and work for busy physicians. It helps to have a plan.

No matter how hard I work or how well I think I'm doing as a family physician, there are still areas where I fail my patients.

The best part of medicine is the part in which we treat a patient like a patient, not a customer.

As healthcare reform continues to evolve, our entire way of providing care must change in order to manage new patients' demands.

As medical practices strive to provide great care to patients, customer service is sometimes overlooked.

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