Surah Grumet used to be a family doctor at a clinic in the Bronx. “It always felt like I was trying to catch up,” she said. “I was always falling behind, and it was so stressful. And it was really hard to bring up my two girls, to be there for them, and still be able to practice medicine the way that I wanted to.”
Now, she lives in a suburb of Raleigh, N.C. She still practices medicine, but has no office or clinic. Instead, she works with a Durham-based practice called Doctors Making House Calls.
Grumet puts her girls on the school bus and gets in the car just before nine. Her patients are frail elderly people with multiple chronic illnesses: memory loss, heart and blood pressure problems, arthritis that makes mobility difficult.
Grumet works full time, but on her own schedule. She can spend 15 minutes with a patient, or nearly two hours. She’s home before the school bus and completes her patient notes and paperwork while her girls do homework. She makes $70,000 more than she did when she worked in the Bronx.