Career Tips From Female Physician Leaders

Stephanie Cajigal; Nancy W. Dickey, MD; Gail L. Rosseau, MD; Helena W. Rodbard, MD; Kimberly A. Skelding, MD

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November 18, 2014

Medscape: Is there anything you wish you had known along the way?

Dr Rosseau: It's really important to have not only a mentor—someone who will tell you, "This is how to get from here to there"—but also a sponsor. A mentor will meet you for coffee and give you the lay of the land. A sponsor will nominate you to be on the committee where you will understand how a certain process works. Sponsors will identify you as an up-and-coming talent with the best credentials.

Medscape: How do you achieve a work/life balance?

Dr Rosseau: I feel very blessed that it's been very happy for me for 30 years, and minimally stressful. I do tell people that I think your most important career decision is whom you choose for your partner. Your partner in life is more important than your first job, and any job.If you work on your job, you should also work on your partnership. Don't be made to feel like it's the second most important thing in your life. That's really important to experiencing success in business for men and women.

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