Q: How do you balance work and home life?
My wife of 21 years, Leisa, is an anesthesiologist. We both completed medical school and residency at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.
During these years of hectic and differing schedules, we had to learn to carve out time for each other or else the absence of coordination translated into little time together. To do so, we had to synchronize our schedules up to a year in advance. At first this task was painful and difficult, but it paid off.
Since joining The Radiology Clinic Group 16 years ago, Leisa and I decided that family time is not just important; it's sacred. As our family grew — we now have two sons, ages 11 and 15 — and the demands of private practice increased, those early years of learning how to ensure time together have paid dividends. We plan all of our vacations well in advance and proactively look for family time. The emergency of online calendar sharing, text messaging, and Apple's MobileMe app have made this task much easier.
"Does having to schedule so much of our time become a challenge? Sure." — Michael F. DeVenny, M.D.
Does having to schedule so much of our time become a challenge? Sure. Is it difficult to participate in a busy practice that includes hospital committees while trying to accomplish more — both professionally and personally — in less time? Absolutely. However, the rewards have immeasurable; the decision to prioritize family life has strengthened our relationship and allowed us to see our kids more, while still maintaining fulfilling career.
Michael F. DeVenny, M.D.
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist
The Radiology Clinical Group