Dr. Rana credits her support system in her husband, parents, and friends for helping her get through training and her pregnancies." Those people who knew me in training were very supportive of my pregnancy," she said. "A lot of that may have had to do with the fact that I continued to 'pull my weight' and made my pregnancies something I dealt with out of my clinical responsibilities." Aside from being elected chief resident, Dr. Rana's peers also voted her as the best resident teacher, granting her the Golden Apple Award when she graduated.
That same type of goal-oriented mindset has stuck with Dr. Rana today.
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"One of my internal goals was to drop off or pick the kids up from school," she explained, adding that she drives the kids to school every morning before work.
Aside from an occasional late night in the operating room, she also has a routine of biking with her children everyday after dinner. Her older daughter rides her scooter, while Dr. Rana rides a bike with a carriage attached for her younger daughter.
"It's a way to work in exercise and family time," she said, adding that having activities outside of work that are enjoyable is a key way to be an effective employee. It's likely you wont be as effective or productive of an employee "if you're always at work or your brain is always at work."
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In regards to having children during fellowship or residency, she said people should not shy away from it. "I don't think it needs to be taboo," she said. "We are smart, capable people." For people who may be considering starting a family while in training, she encourages that it is definitely possible, as long as you continue to work hard and keep work at work. Dr. Rana said she hopes her drive to reach her goals will inspire her daughters. "I am doing my best for my family while still trying to pursue my own dreams and I hope one day that teaches my daughters great lessons about following their own ambitions," she said.
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"I knew I wasn't cut out to be a stay at home mom and I love doing what I do so I know even though it's hard, it is definitely worth it," she concluded. "I'm helping people see, saving their vision, or preventing their blindness. [It] can't get much more meaningful than that!"