So, you’ve finished all your job interviews and think you’ve found a perfect fit. Graduating from residency is exciting, but did you get any training on what it all means to sign on the dotted line?
Below is a quick and dirty run-down of the contracting process from an industry insider. Continue reading New Physician Tidbits on Contracting
“I start my first clinical clerkship in medical school tomorrow. Any last minute advice?”
I stared at the text message from my cousin as I rolled my first patient of the day back to the operating room. I chuckled to myself.
Continue reading Advice to my medical student self…
I am an OB/GYN physician and…
I am a former VBAC denier. VBAC stands for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. It’s something we are supposed to offer and push our patients to consider. I want to do the right thing. But, I’m conflicted, confused and wary. Let me explain.
VBAC was all the rage in the 80’s and 90’s, until a slew of research articles, committee opinions and studies demonstrated the risks. The brakes were applied and the birth centers offering VBAC decreased. The cesarean section rate soared and more studies revealed the accumulated risks of performing multiple cesarean sections on patients. Recently, the pendulum has swung back to the VBAC corner. Continue reading VBAC Rehab: Confessions of an OB/GYN Physician
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
“I want you to be there when I have my baby…”
The words sting every time I hear them. The guilt flows like a broken dam and pulls at my heartstrings, making me feel so heavy inside…
But, I can’t make that promise. I can’t make that commitment.
Why? I probably shouldn’t explain to my patient the real reason. Continue reading “But, I want YOU to deliver my baby ….”
Just got home after a night in the hospital attending to a patient that needed emergency surgery. I watched the sun rise as I drove home – what a treat!
On arrival, I was greeted by my three biggest fans! This little princess is so adorable and delicious … Feeling blessed and thankful for our health and happiness.
You may not have solicited it, but I’ve got more to share. Having spent my twenties and very early thirties as a single professional woman, I can relate to the angst and frustration our kind often feels on our journey to find long lasting love. Now, as a happily married mom of three, I can reflect on the trail that finally brought me here. Dating was fun and awkward all at once, but I never missed an opportunity to meet new people, nor should you. So, put yourself out there and consider these tidbits to live by… Continue reading More for the single ladies …
Grams. Grammy. Go-Go. Granny. Grandma. Bubby.
Whatever you want to call her. She rocks. She inspires. She motivates.
She’s travelled the world and back. I think her last inter-continental trip was about three years ago, age 91, when she traversed the Atlantic in pursuit of a trip to the Canary Islands with my European relatives.
During her prime, and I was alive, I had a hard time keeping up. (Her prime probably lasted approximately seventy years, have you.) Her energy – infectious. Her love of life, literature, nature, food and martini’s … She’s never shied from a challenge. She always get’s out in front of it. She taught me to enjoy the finer things, but to work hard to earn them. She tells me never to give up. Continue reading Ode to Grandma #1
“I’m so proud,” I commented. “You actually came to all the classes today.”
“Yeah,” she said with a smile. “I started feeling bad about all those student loans that were starting to pile up. If I don’t get my shit together, I may be flipping burgers trying to pay them off.”
“Good for you,” I said.
“Elle, I’m sorry I didn’t tell you about Eric-”
Continue reading Excerpt – Who ever thought studying spinal cords could be so sexy?