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1919Whatmattersiswhetheryouinstilledtheprinciplesyoulivebyinyourchildren.Weemphasizetoourkidsthatwewantthemtobegoodpeopleandtreatothersastheywanttobetreated.Wewantthemtohaveintegrityandasenseofresponsibility.WetrytomakesmalladjustmentsinwheretheyaregoingbutthetruthisthattheyareprobablyinuencedmorebyFacebookandwhattheirfriendsarechattingabout.SoIthinkitsalsoreallyimportanttoencouragethemtointeractwithpeerswhoseemtohavegoodjudgment.InthisregardMicheleonceagaincitesthebenetsofateamapproachAtleastwithmykidsgroupactivitieshavebeenareallypositiveforce.Beingpartofateameffortwhetheritsfootballdebatemusicorevenmedicinemakespeopletakeownershipoftheirperformance.Itsnotjusttheindividualwhowins.Itstheteamtheschoolthegroup.Andwhenyouhaveacoachorinstructorreinforcingwhatyouaretellingyourchildrenathomethatsawonderfulthing.Whenitcomestoraisingyourkidstherearemanypathstoagoodoutcomeandmanypathstoabadoutcomeshelaughs.Andtheresalotofluckinvolved.WithheroldestsonGrahamenteringtheUniversityofMichiganthisyearhesapreferredwalk-oninfootballanothersonRyannishinghissenioryearatMarmionAcademyandheryoungestsonanddaughterJordanandAnnaalreadymakingnoisesaboutwantingtobecomedoctorsitseemsthattheluckhasbeenprettygood.Thesemaybethekindsofreectionsyoudexpectfromanyinvolvedmombutwhenyouconsiderthekindofdriveandfocusittakestobecomeandthenpracticeasanorthopaedicsurgeonyouhavetoappreciatethenormalcyofitall.Infacttheoddsareprettyhighlystackedagainstyourunningintoanorthopaedicsurgeonwhoisalsoamother.WeactuallyhavetwoatMOIMichelenotesPhotineLiakosandIbothhavefamilies.Butthatscertainlynotthenorm.Onlyabout7oforthopedistsarewomenandmanyofthosewomenneverndaspousebecauseitshardforwomeninmedicinetohaveasociallife.MichelesaysshewasrecentlyaskedtogiveatalkaboutwomeninherprofessionattheColumbiaAlumniAssociation.TheyaskedforawomansperspectiveonorthopaedicsandIpointedoutthatmostrolemodelsforwomeninorthopaedicsaremen.Thatsdifcultbecausewomenandmennegotiatelandscapesverydifferently.Ourconcernsaredifferent.Weprocessinformationdifferentlyfrommenandwehavedifferentreactionstorelationships.ButIdothinkpeoplearemuchmoreinterestedincombiningmedicineandfamilyintheyearssinceItrained.Theparadigmofthecardiacsurgeonwheretwo-thirdsofyourdaywasspentworkingsixhourssleepingandthesmallsliveroftimeleftoverwasforyourspouseandchildrenhaschanged.Thathasmadetheenvironmentfriendlierforeveryoneanditsmoreconducivetowomenenteringmedicine.InanalthoughtMichelecreditsherandStevesextendedfamilyformuchofthebalanceintheirlives.Bythissheseemstomeannotonlytherelativeswhoprovideherchildrenwithastrongsenseofcontinuityandbelongingbutalsothenetworkoffriendscolleagueseducatorsandotherswhoformthecommunityofsupportfortheirlifeandwork.Everythingisverycomplexandyoujustallhavetoworktogether.Inyourprofessionyoutrytounderstandthewholepatientandyoutrytomakepeoplebetteronwhateverlevelyoucan.Asforyourfamilyyoujusthavetolovethemasmuchasyoucan.Thatswhattheyreallyremember.Thatswhatholdsitalltogether.THENNOWItsallaboutthebigpicture.