Advice to my medical student self…

“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.

What fun?

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A Q&A with Dr. Eve Shvidler, Author of ‘Burning the Short White Coat’

Author Q&A

Bubble Bubble Books & Trouble

Adobe Photoshop PDFDo you love those medical dramas filled with McSteamy and McDreamy men walking around in tight jeans and white coats? Or are you a Mr. Big kind of girl? Well then, you’re in for a treat. In Burning the Short White Coat, Dr. Eve Shvidler gives readers an inside look into the world of a young budding doctor looking for love in the dizzying, sleep-deprived world of med school.

Read on to learn more about Dr. Shvidler’s debut novel—and how some of her own personal and professional experiences shaped the plot. 

What made you decide to write this book?

I wrote my book during medical school. I was amazed by everything that we were learning and experiencing and I wanted to capture that in real time.

At the same time, as single women, my friends and I really struggled to figure out how to navigate the singles scene…

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VBAC Rehab: Confessions of an OB/GYN Physician

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

Midwives Rock: Confessions of an OB/GYN Physician

midwifeI 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

“But, I want YOU to deliver my baby ….”

2939246041_43018ab09d_n“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 ….”

More for the single ladies …

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 5046424616_600c789dca_owoman, 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 …

Ode to Grandma #1

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

Excerpt – Who ever thought studying spinal cords could be so sexy?

“I’m so proud,” I commented. “You actually came to all the classes today.”

Red heart in the chest. X-ray render isolated on a black background

“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-”

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