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Nighttime Parenting in Medicine Cafe
Sponsored by the Women and Medicine Commission

Nighttime Parenting in Medicine Cafe Workgroup

The Workgroup on Parenting launched monthly meetings for SGIM members and guests in November 2020. The “Nighttime Parenting in Medicine Café" invites physician-parents to meet virtually and discuss solutions with invited speakers. The meetings are designed to be entertaining, useful, and encouraging. Zoom-bombing children, pets, and family members are welcome. Video recordings of the monthly presentations will be available on-line for those who cannot attend the gatherings. Future topics will include negotiating, self-care, scheduling strategies, and managing work and home.

Academic physician-parents need support from their institutions, chiefs, co-workers, and professional societies to fulfill their demanding dual roles. In response, the SGIM’s Women and Medicine Commission (WAMC) formed a Workgroup on Parenting in 2020 with three major goals:

  • To increase SGIM programming around parenting issues including monthly meetings throughout the year to equip physician-parents for success.
  • To form a community for networking and to provide a safe space for members to vent, troubleshoot, share experiences, and feel supported.
  • To work with leaders throughout SGIM to increase their support for parents at their institutions, and to identify concrete strategies for helping physician-parents to succeed.

Deborah Kwolek, MD

Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Sneha Shrivastava, MD

General Internal Medicine Fellow, Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Elisha Brownfield, MD

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Leadership Development, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Kerri Palamara, MD

Assistant Professor, Director, Center for Physician Well-being, Massachusetts General Hospital

Anna Volerman,MD

Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine

Beth Lewis, MD

Director of Obstetric Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center