An added bonus of this cross-continental collaboration is that they are able to cross paths at medical conferences, meetings and other work-related events. Otherwise, they are a family separated by 5,000 miles.
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“We always take a family vacation once a year, and they always come here once a year,” Dr. Yusuf Yazici says. “But I’m in Turkey four or five times a year. Most of this [traveling] is initiated by work-related events, but you build family time around that, too. At one point, my mother was saying she sees us more than one of my younger brothers, who lives in Istanbul.”
Richard Quinn is a freelance writer in New Jersey.