The sun is shining and the birds are chirping! Maybe today we will finally get a sunny day. Lately in Indianapolis it has been overcast and honestly… gross. All day long it looks as if it’s about to rain and then it doesn’t. Rude mother nature. But maybe today will be beautiful and I can ride my bike to the pool… Wishful thinking!
I just realized I’ve been finished with 3rd year for over a week and I haven’t written my OBGYN summary post. So I guess that’s what needs to happen today right? But first, a little recap of yesterday because I don’t have any pictures for the OBGYN part.
Breakfast was again oatmeal with protein powder and blueberries. I will spare you another picture of my morning masterpiece.
I had to watch the Bachelorette yesterday (I don’t have TV so I have to wait until the next day to watch everything on hulu). So I figured I should watch it on my treadmill and at least burn some calories while enjoying my trashy TV show.
I walked/ran/walked on an incline and was a sweaty mess.
I wore my new Under Armour shoes (provided to me as part of the Fitfluential and UA “What’s Beautiful” Campaign) and loved them! They are so light weight but still providedenough support so my feet didn’t hurt after my treadmill session.
And they’re colorful 🙂
I actually had 2 lunches. After my treadmill session I heated up a Morningstar veggie burger and inhaled it along with some lettuce. About 2 hours later I was starving again and so I heated up my left-over bison burger.
The rest of the afternoon was spent doing email things, school things, boring things. Actually some of it is really exciting- we’re working to start a free eye clinic for the underserved in Indianapolis and I’m pumped!
I wanted to lift something heavy… just kidding- I never want to lift something heavy! But I knew I needed to do some strength training so I popped in a Cathe Xtrain DVD and did 50 minutes of Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps. That girl lifts HEAVY! My chest is super sore today.
I made some tuna salad with a bunch of egg whites, some celery, and dijon mustard. Laughing cow cheese + flat out bread + tuna + lettuce = delicious.
I also made some granola yesterday that was an epic fail- I threw it out this morning and will try again today. But don’t worry, I still had 2 huge bowls of it yesterday. One with almond milk and one with greek yogurt.
What I Learned On My OBGYN Rotation
And now for the actual purpose of this post. Let me preface this by stating, I went into the OBGYN rotation prepared to hate it.
It was my last rotation of 3rd year, I knew I didn’t want to go into the field, and I really hate reproductive physiology. It’s my least favorite topic to learn about- so many hormones and things always changing and growing and confusing me.
Our team rotated days in clinic, OR days, and Labor and Delivery days. That was awesome because you didn’t have to do 3 clinic days in a row, or 3 L&D days in a row- you were always changing what you were doing.
And here’s what I learned:
- Residents and faculty can make or break a rotation- I actually LOVED this rotation and a main part of that was because the residents were amazing, willing to teach, super nice, and easy going. The faculty were the same- that makes such a difference.
- GYN surgery is not my thing. I just didn’t feel like it was technical enough for me. I kinda felt like everything down there was a mess and the surgeries were messy- sometimes. Other surgeries were simple, but the anatomy in the pelvis is a mess and weird, cancer anywhere down there is a huge mess… it’s just all messy! I don’t know how else to explain it.
- C-Sections are super cool… but I don’t want one. I think C-Sections were the coolest surgeries I got to see. It really is amazing. And it’s a great surgery for med students because the incision is huge and they let you close it. Watching C-Sections gave me a huge appreciation for vaginal birth and I realized how special it was. Before that I was pretty apathetic about vaginal vs. cesarean. There is nothing wrong with a c-section and they do a lot of good. But I’m definitely going to try my hardest to avoid a c-section for myself!
- It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of a vaginal delivery. There are lots of things we do as medical students that seem pretty common place and although any patient could tell us to leave, I think it’s easy for us to assume that it’s okay for us to be part of that patient’s medical care. But a vaginal birth is so difference. I treated every birth as such an HONOR to be a part of. That woman is trusting me to touch her baby before anyone else. She is allowing me to witness one of the most important days in her life. As a medical student, it was truly a special experience. (I assisted in about 15 vaginal deliveries in my month on OB).
- Pregnancy stinks- we had quite a few women come into the clinic in their last few days of pregnancy and you could tell they were SO OVER being pregnant. They didn’t want to wait anymore. Some people love being pregnant, but towards the end, I think everyone is uncomfortable. It made me appreciate and sympathize with all the new moms… and made me dread my own pregnancy (years in the future).
- I learned a ton more about cultural differences, breast feeding, language barriers, STDs, counseling through hard times, how to perform a speculum exam, how to look for trichomonas under the microscope, how to do a pap smear, colposcopy, D&C, contraception, fetal heart tones, stages of labor, I could go on.
- And of course I learned a lot of medicine in OB and GYN. I used these books to study:
I also found the USMLE World Step 2 questions and the UWISE questions very helpful.
What experiences have you had with OBGYN? As a patient or healthcare provider?