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Dr. Bedrood discusses the delicate balancing act required of women in her field, discussing the rigors of training without compromising her family and other pursuits.


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Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD: So there are a lot of challenges that one faces. I did an eight-year MD Ph.D. program so that added to my studies in general. And after that you did residency and fellowship until you get your first real job. But during the course of the 16 years of training, there are a number of challenges and a lot of them are going to be mostly personal.

Things like, "When are you going to have a baby? When are you going to start a family? When you're going to get married?" And I was always a staunch believer that you can be a good mother and a good wife, and also be a good doctor. I really believe this. And so for that reason, I always had life go on while I did all of my training.

So I got married in medical school. I had a baby in residency. It wasn't easy, but you decide that this is what you want to do and you move forward with it. And I think the challenges are that as a female physician you face certain challenges that non-MDs don't face. Things like maternity leave time, things like working through your pregnancy, that there's not as much sensitivity about and that brings with it some challenges.

But again, I really just believe that you could overcome those things and still have a fulfilling personal life at the same time. ♪ [music] ♪