Daughter Sarah: Board Certified!

My sweet oldest daughter Sarah learned today that she passed her national boards, making her a Board Certified Family Physician.  That test, which was nine hours long, is the last hurdle for Sarah besides officially finishing her residency in September.  Right now she is half way through the last of the truly tough rotations. She is the senior resident at the hospital where she works 14 – 16 hour days with one day off a week.  Three more weeks is the mantra at this point of this six-week rotation from hell.

Sarah just turned 35 and has been in medical school since she was 27.  She has gotten married and had two kids during that time. Luna is four years old; Nico is seventeen months old.  Sarah has gotten up every day and done her duty as a medical student/intern/resident as well as wife/mother.  She has pushed through obstacle after obstacle to bring her goals to fruition and on lots of occasions, it’s been hard on her.  She has had to balance all of her medical duties while rocking a sick baby in the middle of the night or figuring out which school was best for Luna to attend.  Gregorio has been right there at her side, helping all along the way, but sometimes babies and little kids just want Mama, and, of course, Mama also wants to be right there for them.

I hope as more women getting into the upper echelons of medicine, there will be real reform in term of medical education.  While I understand the whole apprentice approach is critical in a field like medicine, I do not believe that having residents work for 14 – 16 hours for days on end does anybody any good. Sleep deprivation is not healthy, most especially for healthcare practitioners who have such huge levels of responsibility.  A more balanced training method is needed, one that nurtures the physician so he/she can better care for his/her patients.  I realize I am speaking as a protective mother here, but having watched the medical education system over these past eight years, I can say that some serious changes are needed.

But at this point for Sarah, all I can say is, “Hooray!”  Life may actually shift back to a semblance of normal for her in just a few short months.

Of course, I am pleased and proud.  As a parent, who wouldn’t be?  But more importantly, I feel a deep level of respect for Sarah’s unwavering determination to reach her goal.

Well done, sweet daughter.  Well done indeed.

You are almost there.





5 Comments Add yours

  1. Kelly Wise says:

    Len, keeping up and noticing all of the accolades of late, from the Scholastic Arts award to your 37th wedding anniversary to a daughter passing a rigorous board exam, you must be so proud. Your very own hard work and dedication, to your family and to making the world a better place, is shining bright and I am uplifted by taking notice. I think it’s time to celebrate if you have not already! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you so much, Kelly! It has been a wonderful week and celebrations are on the horizon. (We just have to help Sarah get through these next few weeks!) Give me an update on you and yours When you get a chance. Would love to hear. You can email me at lenleatherwood@gmail.com.

  3. Congratulations! And I totally agree with your suggestions that we overhaul the way we work/study so LIFE Balance can keep us all in better shape! Cynthia D

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  4. jhenehan says:

    Kudos to Sarah on overcoming all obstacles and thus moving forward towards her goals and for being an, “Awesome Woman Warrior.”

  5. A truly awesome woman warrior. Love it!

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