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Doctors try to achieve balance between work and family

Michael Tomblyn, MD,1 a radiation oncologist, and his wife, Marcie Tomblyn, MD, a bone marrow transplant oncologist, both work at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Fairview. They've been married for 13 years without any children, yet the balancing act of work and family is still a difficult one to achieve. "We both work at the same university, but barely ever run into each other," Michael Tomblyn says. Many practicing physicians are in the same search for a good work-life balance. Physicians' lives are full of interruptions, and oftentimes it's not related to medicine.