Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do another residency or fellowship? Many physicians consider this option, but worry they may be too old or far along in their career path to change course. Pediatrician Dr. Betsy Baker knew she needed to make some significant changes and decided to take on a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship later in her career. Her initial goal for the training was to enhance her skill set as a forensic pediatrician working in the area of high conflict co-parenting. Today she shares the ups and downs of her three-year fellowship and the unexpected outcome of this training. In addition, Betsy offers specific advice for those of you considering further training later in your career.
In this episode we’re talking about:
- Dr. Baker’s unique career in child abuse pediatrics
- How an imperfect work-life balance offered inspiration for change
- Why Betsy was experiencing burnout in her long-time role
- How she knew further training was the right option for her
- Betsy’s highs and lows during her fellowship training
- Dr. Baker’s experience finding a new role to fit her purpose
- Betsy’s advice for later-career physicians considering further training
Links for this episode:
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