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    With ophthalmologists often having workweeks that surpass 80 to 90 hours, Anthony Aldave, MD, and Terry Kim, MD, agree on the importance of finding a balance between being committed to one’s work and also having a life outside of it.

    “My advice has always been that you’ve got to find that balance,” Dr. Kim said. “What are you passionate about? Pursue it. Go for it. Whoever would think I would be [a DJ] for these national eye meetings I go to twice a year?”

    Dr. Kim says having a hobby outside of work is one of the key ways to avoid burnout. He also looks for other ways to relate his colleagues and revitalize friendships around things other than work.

    Especially for young ophthalmologists, Dr. Kim stresses the importance of keeping a balance of personal enjoyment in with hectic work schedules.

    “Don’t give up the other stuff,” he said. “You never know when it’ll come back around to enhance and bring joy to your life.”

    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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