PCOM Chair Shares Advice for Women in Primary CareJune 18, 2021
Recently, Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, chair and professor, PCOM Department of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, joined
other female primary care physicians to publish “Succeeding in Primary Care and at
Home: Advice from 5 Women Clinicians”, an eBook written for women working in primary
care. With topics ranging from the gender pay gap to balancing families and patients,
this book is an important tool for young female physicians adapting to their new roles.
In her section titled “Dr. Moms: Lose the Guilt!”, Dr. Galluzzi recounts her experience
as a geriatrician raising two children, a daughter, and a son. Like other physicians
with children, Dr. Galluzzi describes moments of self-doubt and frustration, working
tirelessly to maintain a healthy balance between patient care and child care. Dr.
Galluzzi goes on to share the best advice that she’s gathered from her time as a working
mother. With helpful tips like investing in help and time-saving tools, Dr. Galluzzi
reminds readers that they don’t need to do everything themselves.
“This is my message. Don’t be afraid to seek help,” shared Dr. Galluzzi. “Share what
you are feeling and experiencing with your female colleagues – they are your biggest
advocates and can offer advice, consolation and wisdom. Cut yourself some slack, perfectionism
be damned. And most importantly: lose the guilt.”
Dr. Galluzzi’s daughter, Claire Bogan, DO, PCOM '18, is a fellow in Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance in Boston, MA. Her son, Daniel Bogan, is a
professional musician who lives in Philadelphia.
This eBook was published by Pri-Med. Pri-Med offers continuing education and continuing
medical education courses for primary care clinicians across the United States. Learn
more about Pri-Med and read the eBook (PDF).
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