Hi Sweet Friend!
I’m a wife of a GI fellow, working professional, mother of 3, and a teacher at heart. From the hardships of medical training, to receiving the incredible gift of three children, and to many hardships in between, life hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been a beautiful medical journey.
If you’re a wife, husband, or partner of a doctor going through the tunnel of medical training and early career and need some empathy, support, and a friend, you’re in the right place. Throughout the years, I have some tips I wish I knew. That’s why I am sharing what I’ve learned to help you not only survive but to thrive.
Here are my topics:
- Finances -how to manage student loans, invest, save and spend money, and negotiate employment contracts
- Marriage & Parenting – tips on creating a strong family
- Simplicity – how to have less stress and more living
- Personal Stories – get to know the real me!
- Medical Life – how to navigate medical school, matching, residency/fellowship, moving, and building a community
- Travel – tips on how to have adventures while on a training budget
This is my mission: SUPPORT MEDICAL SPOUSES THROUGH MEDICAL TRAINING AND EARLY CAREER YEARS
The Story Of Our Medical Journey
My husband and I were college sweethearts who met and fell silly in love. Later we became a dual engineer family. Then the great recession hit and there was a financial crisis. Thousands were laid off, including the two of us. I pivoted jobs and became a recruiter. For him, he said to me:
“I’m thinking of going to med school.”
Since that moment, the guy who I loved — who hadn’t even taken a biology class yet — went back to school and became pre-med. (Although the blog is called DocWife.com and I am a doctor’s wife, I did not marry one…we made one!)
I have witnessed our entire medical journey from the beginning. We got married at the beginning of medical school. Our first child came during fourth year of medical school, second during second year of internal medicine residency, and third during clinical nutrition fellowship. He then became a hospitalist for a year while waiting for his GI fellowship to begin. He is currently a GI fellow. Throughout all of this, I have also been a working mother.
Over a decade has passed since the first day of medical school. And it’s still ongoing as we are still finishing up training. This blog is growing with our family as we go through the tunnel with you.
Some Facts About Theresa – Did You Know?
- I have 25,000+ pictures on my photo feed and it’s a problem
- My favorite thing to do is play with my kids…and I play hard!
- I graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
- My career goal is to be a real estate professional
- I am an avid reader of non-fiction and self-help books
- I am a first-generation refugee from Vietnam and I love my culture
- I am a wannabe globe trotter
- My dream is to do medical missions with my husband