OBGYN dreamin’

So I have just started on obstretrics and gynecology. I’ll have less free time over the next 6 weeks, so more of my blogging is going to be of the personal variety this. I feel the need to post pretty regularly, and the research heavy posts demand more time than just telling you what my life is like.

Tomorrow will be my first clinical day on OB. I’ll be starting on Labor and Delivery(L&D). I suspect a good number of my readers have seen L&D from the other side of the awkward-chair-with-stirrups. I’m going to try to put down some quality posts about how things are from the medical student side of things.

I’d love to see everyone out theres thoughts on OBGYN in general, and L&D/birth specifically as we get started here. Actually, I’m relying on you guys to help provide me with patient perspectives I may not get in the hospital. Feel free to post your thoughts, questions, stories (both good and bad), and whatever else you think is relevant!

A side note: direct you guys back to the disclaimers page on the side bar. Skip down to the part about patients. Whenever I post about life in the hospital, I will always change any potentially identifying details of any people involved, and whenever possible I’ll be using patient pastiches (combinations of multiple patients) rather than real single patients. This is out of respect to the people involved, and in compliance with the variety of patient privacy laws in force.

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10 Comments on “OBGYN dreamin’”

  1. MXH Says:

    Nice. Hope it goes well. I’ve got my OBGYN rotation in November. I’m not really looking forward to it, but mostly because it’s a field I’m not interested in. Really, I know nothing about it. Hopefully, you’ll have some interesting stories for us.

  2. ddw11 Says:

    Look forward to reading about it. I’ve got OBGYN after next winter’s break. Between that and surgery in Nov/Dec I fear I will not see the sun for 16 weeks.


  3. @DDW, it’s better to have those in the winter from a light perspective… I had surgery in July/August and missed most of the sun when it was actually warm.

    @MXH: I’m doing emergency medicine so this isn’t exactly my field either. But the beauty of EM is that I get too be at least a little interested in everything.

  4. MXH Says:

    Yeah, I have surgery in Aug/Sept and I fear the same thing about missing the sun.

  5. JLK Says:

    Wow, I guess I’m the only non-MD or med student commenter! LOL.

    I’m really looking forward to your posts about this subject, because I’ve never really considered the other perspective, only what it would be like to be a mom in L&D. (Oh, except for watching ER, but you already told me to forget everything I ever learned from that show.) 😉

    I know that my mom was mortified to undergo a c-section in a room full of med student onlookers. I’ve heard in general that new moms hate having lots of people in the delivery room – the more there are, the more uncomfortable and agitated they get. I’m curious to know what it’s like for a med student from a humanity perspective – are you looking at this huge life-changing event for these people or is it just another procedure? Does it have to be that way in order to do your job, or is OB special because it requires that love for what is happening in front of your eyes in order to go to work every day? Are OBs more or less jaded than other specialists? Etc., etc.


    • Lots of good questions there!
      I’m working on the answers as we speak (it’s not that I don’t have an instinctive answer in my head, it’s that sometimes they take longer to get out onto the computer)

      But just a quick thought – jadedness is a complicated subject. I’ll be posting on that before I post on the other subjects. Because I think people get the wrong impression about doctors when it comes to being jaded.

  6. catgirl Says:

    Well, I have some advice from the patient side of it, although it might not be completely relevant. When I was 17, I had to go to a gynecological specialist to get a cervical biopsy because of HPV. She was really condescending and tried to shame me for having an STD. Don’t do that. I guess you won’t be dealing with much of that, but always remember that your attitude as a doctor is important.


    • That’s absolutely relevant!It’s ashame when doctors do that. It really damages the doctor patient relationship, we can’t ask for honesty and pass judgement at the same time.

    • MXH Says:

      I agree with whitecoattales… there are many med students I know who need learn this lesson.

  7. Elissa Says:

    Not really sure if this is possible to pull off, but…

    I had an OB who was very competent, but also very brusque and impersonal (at least with me). Now, I value efficiency as much as the next person, but not to the point where the patient feels like she can’t ask questions or she’ll throw off the schedule (he scheduled prenatal checks at 5-minute intervals). So I’d say that patients will adore you if you take time to listen, and if you can convey that even though you’ve seen umpty-zillion births, you understand that this is special for them and that it’s uncharted territory.

    (And I’ve since replaced the OB with a family doctor who does exactly that – I’ve referred several pregnant friends to him, and we all adore him.)


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