The first week of medical school you became a new person. Assigned a cadaver and some lab partners, the gravity of the endeavor struck you to your core as you slowly unzipped the cadaver bag for the first time and met “Ernie” (as you later named him) and wondered how he died. You looked over… Continue reading Match Day Madness
As an intern in ob-gyn, one of the things you look forward to the most is getting to be the surgeon while an attending is your assistant for a cesarean delivery. In some residency programs this doesn’t happen until your second year of training. Most of the time you are honing skills on uneventful vaginal… Continue reading Holding the Knife for the First Time
Is there truly a best time to be pregnant, have a baby, and care for a newborn during a medical career? I’ve done the groundwork by having a baby in residency and two more as an attending. Here is what I found out along the way. Is it even possible to have a baby during… Continue reading Best Time to Have a Baby as a Physician? It Depends.
Mother’s Day weekend is a great time to be the ob-gyn on call for deliveries at the hospital. Of course, we physicians would love to be snuggled up next to our little ones on this special day. However, the next best place to be is bedside with a woman about to become a first time… Continue reading Mother’s Day on Labor and Delivery
It was the end of my 3rd year in ob-gyn residency. I was 39 weeks pregnant with you and doing a hysterectomy, my gravid abdomen being utilized as an “extra hand” to displace the large clamp nicely to the side as I pressed my belly gently against the table. I was doing surgery all day… Continue reading Open Letter to a Child of a Doctor: To My Daughter on Her 9th Birthday