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My name is Monique Tello, and I’m writing from Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. I’m a primary care physician and a mom, both jobs that demand great attention, and bring rich experiences. I also write regularly for the Mothers in Medicine group blog, and I have posted at Kevin, MD, the New England Journal of Medicine Knowledge+ blog, and the Harvard Health blog.

Being Active When You’re Too Busy

It’s 2018, and we’re all so super-busy. Me, I’m up against a tight deadline for a 50k-word writing project, seeing patients in clinic 3-4 sessions per week, and mothering two little kids. But I’m sneaking in activity, because I have to. Exercise is medicine, critical for our psychological, […]

Take a walk

Walking offers so many physical and mental health benefits. But usually, I don’t make time to just take a walk. Lately, I’ve been trying. About two workaday mornings a week, I hop off the train one stop before the hospital and power-walk through town. I’m no photographer, but […]

From Scavengers to Students

Our armed guard went first, peering behind crumbling mausoleums and around trash- covered bushes; then, satisfied that no thugs were lying in wait, he waved us on. We left our bags and phones in the van, and picked our way down the dirt path to the edge of […]

Getting Myself O.O.B.

How many times over the years have I written variations of the hospital order O.O.B.? Like, “O.O.B. to chair w assistance b.i.d.” In regular English, this is a medical directive to the nursing staff to “Please assist the patient in arising out of the hospital bed and making […]