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Oct 11, 2021

Mid-career crisis, mid-life crisis, burnout… they’re all real things! They’re all DIFFERENT things. Dr. Hala Sabry is a woman physician, mom, trailblazer and thought-leader focused on woman equity. Listen as she chats about mid-career crisis versus burnout in the lives of women physicians. 

Women and men are different in so many ways and those differences speak to how we live and view our lives. The same is true of our careers. Men and women experience mid-career crises at completely different times in life and for very different reasons. 

As women, when we hit about 40 and realize that we are no longer able to do very basic biological things, we begin to question our worth. We need fulfillment in our lives and careers and when we don't have that, we start to look for answers. 

For many of us, leaving behind a lasting legacy is one of our most important goals. But what does that look like and how can we make a real impact in our professions and our community? 

Listen as Dr. Hala shares her thoughts on mid-career crisis vs burnout and what we can do to circumvent these stages. She’s done the research. She’s read the studies. She’s helping women professionals all over the world find their purpose and fulfillment again. 

You won’t want to miss out on this one.

“The fun part is the journey and I think we’ve all been so wired to get to the end, but the finish line is not as sweet as the journey to get there.” Dr. Hala Sabry


In this episode:

[01:24] Welcome to the show, Dr. Sabry!

[02:35] She talks about the group she launched, Physicians Mom Group (PMG).

[07:13] Listen as she discusses her journey to where she is today and how the pandemic impacted her life.

[09:05] She shares a scene from the movie Hamilton and how that parallels her life at the time.

[14:21] She talks about her medical school interview and not wanting to be a doctor.

[18:13] Dr. Sabry says burnout is a mixture of overwhelm and dissatisfaction.

[19:03] She discusses the mid-life crisis and how it affects men and women differently.

[21:43] Listen as she speaks about mid-career crisis.

[24:58] When we make checklists for what we want to accomplish is really just building the foundation.

[26:27] She talks about the National Women's History Museum she is a part of.

[31:01] Dr. Sabry discusses getting her brain together.

[33:34] She gives an example of how this has all affected her parenting.

[34:57] Even though her daughter is only eight, she always tells her she must take care of herself first.

[38:13] Thank you for being on the show!


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