Experienced plastic surgeons like Doctor Gary A. Vela, M.D., constantly find themselves under a tight work schedule that can at times deprive them of some of the best things life has to offer outside the operating room. It is an issue any successful surgeon has to contend with, particularly because of the limited number of competent, experienced and renowned surgeons, a fact that significantly lengthens the list of appointments and subsequently eats into the so called “free time” Life in the operating room may be important, but so should life outside it.
Striking the right balance between work and life can be tricky. First, it is important to have a personal schedule and stick to it. If you have an 8-hour operation scheduled for a certain day, try not to fix too many additional work-related activities into the remaining hours. You should dedicate that time to the activities you love. You could go and watch a game of football, for example. A work schedule that is too tightly packed may compromise your output in the surgery room.
Communication is important. When planning to be away from office to deal with a family issue during office hours, communicate to the team and colleagues in advance. In addition, you should use technology to your advantage – a self-imposed ban on technology can help you focus on your family or friends.
Dr. Gary A. Vela, M.D., has built himself a reputation for excellence in the operating room but is still able to create enough time for the little things in life. As Dr. Gary A. Vela, M.D. is a qualified pilot, you might even catch him flying when he’s away from the office.