Introducing the multi-tasking miracle worker, Dr. Diane Truong. She has three jobs. First she is a mother of 12 year old Nikki and 9 year old Andy. Second, she is a pediatrician who treats the children of the rich and famous but still finds time to volunteer at clinics where she can provide high quality preventive and emergency care to children with limited resources. Last but not least, she is half of MD MOMS, the makers of the Baby Silk skin care line, the first of its kind developed by pediatricians.
How does she do it all? As she so candidly points out, no better or worse than the rest of us. How does she juggle all the balls and still keep some semblance of order in her house? "By delivering a shrill, high-pitched string of commands that can be heard from a two mile radius." As we always say, whatever works. She sure is doing something right.
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Describe your job.
I have been practicing pediatrics for the last 10 years. I care and treat patients from newborns up to kids 18 years of age. Sometimes, I prescribe quick fixes for acute ailments. Other times, I order shots to be given for illness prevention. Frequently, I just listen and instill confidence and faith in parents who already know the answers but who just want my support. But most of the time, I confess, I have fun and play with my patients and make them squirm with my cold hands.
How many hours a week do you work?
Between twenty and forty hours a week.
Tell us about your other job as CEO of MDMOMS and your overall schedule.
I like to think I have 3 jobs. My dearest and most important "job" is to be a mom, which of course does not have set hours or breaks. My job as a pediatrician is from my office where I spend 3 to 5 days a week. My third job is being a CEO to MDMOMS and takes place after I leave my office, and often times I coordinate projects in the car, on the soccer fields, after dinner, etc. I do MDMOMS work whenever and whereever I happen to be when the phone rings. Needless to say, the con of this schedule is that I sometimes feel dizzy from all the crisis management or controlled chaos that occurs. The pros are that deep inside me, I thrive on the adrenaline rush, and I have learned to let go and to delegate. It has the added benefit of allowing my children to be more independent, take on more responsibility and be more self reliant.
What are the best and worst parts of each of your jobs?
The best part of my job as a pediatrician is when I’m able to diagnose a difficult case. The worst part of my job is not remembering to stand to the side when examining a newborn boy baby with a full bladder. The best part of being a CEO for MDmoms is when we receive accolades for our products, whether from a celebrity, a fellow pediatrician or a parent. The worst part is to try to control my high expectations and to try to be patient with the retail world, as not everything can be ordered “STAT.”