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Balancing Career and Personal Life

4.1 - Balancing Career and Personal Life: Establishing Priorities and Achieving Job Satisfaction

Presenter: Martha, Pavlakis, Boston, MA, USA
Authors: Martha Pavlakis, Yolanda Becker


This topic is not just for women and not just for people with kids. The challenge of establishing priorities and achieving job satisfaction applies to everyone in this field. Burnout is more common among physicians than among other US workers. We will start the webinar by defining family as more than just the narrow nuclear family. In developing an understanding of the causes of burnout, we will maintain a healthy respect for a variety of life choices, cultural and socioeconomic differences. The importance of resilience will be discussed and we will finish with a discussion of resources in the work/life integration toolbox.

Martha Pavlakis - Biography:

Dr. Pavlakis graduated from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed internal medicine training at Tufts New England Medical Center.  She then completed both a renal fellowship and clinical investigation fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital, researching gene expression in kidney transplant rejection. In 1999, after 3 years at Stanford Medical Center where she was a transplant nephrologist and had a research lab, she returned to the newly merged Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and became the medical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation. She is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and has continued to publish scholarly articles in the field of kidney and pancreas transplantation and kidney donation. She is currently the region 1 representative to the UNOS Kidney Committee and serves on the American Society of Transplantation Education Committee.  She has three sons ranging in age from 16 to 23, has a daily meditation practice and has studied Iyengar yoga for the past 11 years.

Yolanda Becker - Biography:

Dr. Becker is vice president of the OPTN/UNOS board of directors and of the UNOS corporate affairs committee, additionally serving as a member of the nominating committee and the board governance subcommittee. She has chaired the policy oversight committee. She also has served on the membership and professional standards committee (MPSC) and its performance analysis and improvement subcommittee. She additionally has been a member of MPSC’s performance and certification, and certification maintenance workgroups, co-chairing the latter.

Dr. Becker has served as an elected member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) board of directors, co-chairing its winter symposium, chairing its education committee and additionally serving on the minority affairs committee. She has served on the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) scientific studies committee and on the AST/ASTS American Transplant Congress program planning committee. She also has served on the board of directors of the National Kidney Registry.

She earned her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Becker has received additional leadership training, completing the Executive Leaders in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

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