Dr. Karen Janson is the Owner/Publisher of Medical Professionals Magazine, a high-end monthly peer-to-peer publication for community physicians, hospital executives, and other healthcare leaders. Her publication allows providers to share their professional and personal stories to promote learning, collaboration, and referral relationships within the Jacksonville, Florida, and Beaches market. As a practicing physician, she understands the importance of knowing the person behind the medical degree in establishing trust and building long-lasting relationships.
Dr. Janson did her undergraduate work in Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. She earned her MD from the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, and also holds a Master of Science Degree in Genetic Counseling from Michigan State. In 1988, she completed a pediatric internship and was a practicing pediatrician in Michigan and Virginia for almost 30-years before becoming a licensed realtor helping physicians relocate to new areas. Throughout her career, Dr. Janson has held several leadership positions, including Chief of Pediatrics for Blue Care Network and as a member of their Governance Council.
Dr. Janson’s Prescription for Success:
Number 1: Have integrity in everything you do. Be true to yourself, be mindful, be present, be accurate.
Number 2: Ask questions. Don’t be embarrassed and don’t hide behind silence. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you and ask them questions. Asking questions ensures we continue to learn, it deepens our knowledge, and it improves our understanding of the people we’re communicating with.
Number 3: Take personal inventory of your life at regular intervals. Check-in with your marriage your partner, review your relationships with your family and your friends. Monitor your health. Reflect on your spiritual connection. Update your life goals, your professional and personal goals. And include your wish list for fun, and make modifications when necessary, so you can live your very best life.
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Noteworthy quotes from Dr. Janson’s interview:
Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.
I was I was flabbergasted, but that’s the only time I really recall my gender being an issue. As I reflected on it, I think she thought I looked too soft or lady like, not doctor like, and I was comfortable being both.
I took my training seriously. I wanted to be there for each and every patient, but I noticed that if it was a child who was ill, or a child who was injured, I really rose to the occasion. Whether it was three o’clock in the afternoon or three o’clock in the morning, I wanted to do everything I could for that patient. And so I learned, as I looked around, that pediatrics was my home.
Each time I entered an examination room, I focused myself by briefly reflecting this family altered their day to schedule an appointment because they need assistance. They deserved me to be attentive, and give my very best efforts.
I liked educating parents. The greatest compliment I ever received was a mother or a father telling me, I helped them be a better parent.
But at that point in time, I had decided that I really wasn’t walking away from pediatric medicine. I was walking towards a new opportunity. New experiences. I wanted to build new business skills, I wanted to use new knowledge, and I wanted to take a new chance.