“As a mom and a doctor, what advice would you give a third year medical student trying to choose a specialty?” the bright-eyed med student asked me.
Her smile was ear to ear and I didn’t want to burst her bubble. This is a complicated question to ask and the answers change as life changes. I chose OBGYN because it was the only specialty I truly fell in love with. For me, there was no other option. I knew that residency was going to be rough. I knew that life after residency would still be hard. As a determined, energetic and idealistic young woman I told myself – this is my destiny!
Continue reading Finding the Balance in a Life in Medicine
Please check out the new medical anthology, “11 out of 10” released today! I contributed one of the stories (Thanksgiving of the Dress) that I wrote during my residency training. All proceeds will be donated to the Deworm the World Charity.
It’s been and honor and pleasure working with so many talented writers in the medical field!
Click here to buy a copy!
In May of this year, I attended the Annual Clinical Meeting for ACOG. While there was a wealth of information and innovation shared at the meeting, the conference was missing critical content: collaborative care.
Not one lecture on best practices in collaborative care.
We are facing a physician shortage of great proportions in this country over the next decade and collaborative care is the most patient-centric approach to addressing this crisis. Why aren’t we sharing best practices to overcome that hurdle?
Continue reading The ACOG Disconnect: Confessions of an OB/GYN Physician
“I don’t know what to DO with you, so I’m just going to treat you like a resident,” I hear the OB doc say to our newly minted midwife.
My toes curl and I am searching the white walls of the hospital for a rock to crawl under. The midwife is trying to hold onto her best poker face and fight back the tears from coming out. She knows that shedding a tear would admit defeat. I suddenly feel a bit sad for the fact that we had placed her in a facility that was devoid of midwifery for the past 15 years.
“I can do it,” she said proudly during her interview. “I know it will take time and we will have to move slow, but I am up to the challenge.”
Continue reading Midwife Mecca: Reflections of a Physician Leader
I am an OB/GYN physician and…
I love midwives. In fact, I think MIDWIVES ROCK. Midwives deliver over 50% of the babies in our birth unit. When it comes to normal birth, they are the experts. Let me explain.
As OB/GYN physicians, we endure a very extreme four-year residency training program. We learn how to deliver babies in the most intense environments and difficult situations. We take care of very sick women while they are pregnant. We learn the art of intervention. We fix things. We come to the rescue. We save the day. We have many tools – vacuum, forceps, versions, cesarean. If things aren’t going well, we can make it better. Continue reading Midwives Rock: Confessions of an OB/GYN Physician