In The Episode
Today’s guests, Drs. Steve Silvestro and George “Chaucer” Hwang discuss a variety of shifts and systems within the medical profession that are affecting the lives of physician parents. Both guests embody an array of roles – Dr. Steve is a pediatrician, bone marrow harvesting physician, mindfulness educator and host of the award-winning podcast, The Child Repair Guide, while George is an anesthesiologist, runs an entertainment company in China, and works with a clinic focused on treating depression. Yet above all else, both guests are dads doing their best to juggle their passion for helping others, nurturing creative outlets, and being a parent.
Join Tom Spiggle and co-host Lori Mihalich-Levin in this conversation to learn more about how juggling medical residency with parenthood children, the vitality of a support group, how the internet is impacting the medical field, and so much more.
“In medicine you’re seeing, often times, the worst possible scenario for everything” – Steve
“I was used to not getting much sleep so that made things easier” – Steve
“I mean the really hard part is the unpredictability of when you’ll get out of work” – George
“Being a working dad who’s divorced and splitting time with the kids changes everything. It really kind of made me hyper-focused on the parenting side of things” – George
“In the medical profession, traditions are very important” – George
“Kids know that you’re hopefully doing something good” – Steve
“Scheduling is one of the top stresses in my life” – George
“There should be a little more flexibility in a private practice. But at the same time, because it’s small, the revenue that comes in is based on you being there, which makes it a little hard to take the time off when the baby first comes” – Steve
“The abundance of information that we have, the ability for anybody to be an expert and proclaim themselves as such, has a huge impact on parents’’confidence in raising their kids” – Steve
“You learn in med school you can make a diagnosis based on history alone 80% of the time” – Steve
“Whatever time I spend with the kids is never wasted” – George
“Financial independence allows you time to spend on things you want to spend it on” – George
“You have to parent the kid that you have as opposed to the kid you wish you had” – Steve
“Our kids are learning, but we’re learning too” – Steve
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