I could hear the scream from across the room. It was shrill and filled with panic. Any parent can identify the difference between the cries of normal toddler discomforts and a true emergency. I dropped what I was doing in the kitchen and found my 3 year- old lying motionless on the ground, unable to… Continue reading Under the Sterile Drape
While early retirement was not my goal when I embarked on my medical career, it was possible due to some key principles adopted early in my career. An unexpected health scare made me reevaluate my hectic and increasingly stressful life as an obstetrician. Financial independence (having “enough” without the need for a paycheck anymore) was… Continue reading The Financial Road to Early Retirement in my 30’s
Have you ever wondered what is going through an obstetrician’s mind during an emergency C-section? As obstetricians, we want nothing more for our patients than a normal vaginal delivery. However, those of us in this profession all have stories to tell. Stories of labors that lingered too long, or hemorrhages that threatened (or took) the… Continue reading What Really Happens in a C-section: The Other Side of the Operating Table
Recently, there has been a high level of pessimism and complaining about the state of the medical field. However, soon to be doctors, don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal and the reason why you are working so hard. For many in the field, venting is one of the few ways to express frustrations and… Continue reading Top 5 Reasons to Love Medical School
A vivid memory stands out from my career. Driving home from the hospital at 3 AM, I reflected upon my most recent patient’s middle of the night delivery. It wasn’t an easy delivery, as they often aren’t. However, in the end we had a healthy mom and baby and the family couldn’t have been happier-… Continue reading Is your “Grit” Keeping You in Your Medical Career?