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PCOM Chair Shares Advice for Women in Primary Care


June 18, 2021

 Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, chair and professor, PCOM Department of Geriatric and Palliative MedicineRecently, 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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