Stanford Hospital uses TimeBanking as a way to help their doctors and nurses lead more balanced lives…

Dr. Greg Gilbert, emergency room physician at Stanford Hospital, conferring with colleagues. Gilbert is part of a program at Stanford that helps emergency room doctors lead more balanced lives (Photo by Chris Hardy/The Washington Post)

The meals, housecleaning and a host of other services — babysitting, elder care, movie tickets, grant writing help, handyman services, dry cleaning pickup, speech training, Web support and more — are part of a groundbreaking new “time banking” program aimed to ease work-life conflicts for the emergency medicine faculty.

Doctors can “bank” the time they spend doing the often-unappreciated work of mentoring, serving on committees, covering colleagues’ shifts on short notice or deploying in emergencies, and earn credits to use for work or home-related services.

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