Sunday, May 23, 2010

San Francisco!

This past week I flew to the other coast to attend ACOG. This was very exciting for me, as it was the first time I attended a conference that I would probably be attending the rest of my life. I met up with my classmate Annie who I haven't seen in two years! It was wonderful catching up with her and sharing this exciting time with her. I flew in Sunday, Annie met me at the airport, and we took the BART to the hotel. Since my flight was late, we didn't have much time to get ready for the first event. It was two round table events: the first was with program directors and residents discussing the interview and application process. The second was discussing CVs and personal statements. These were both very informative sessions. That evening we just walked around looking for a place to eat, came back and went to bed. The next morning we got up, headed to the Moscone center, registered, and listened to a talk on SSRIs during pregnancy. After that we started our journey through the exhibition hall! It only took us three trips over! Man, this was insane! I can't believe how big the booths are, and all the giveaways there were. I came home with a lot including: a textbook, three pregnancy books, many tubes of stretch mark and scar cream, lube, pens pens pens, maple syrup, many totes, vitamins, hand sanitizer, and a ton of papers! My suitcase weighed about 15 lbs heavier on the way home! I also delivered a baby with forceps on a simulator! That was definitely a new experience!

We headed back to the hotel to attend another med student activity. This one was two panel sessions about OB/GYN as a career and another on the interviewing process (this is a big deal). Again, very informative! That night there was a reception for the students and residents, which was kind of boring, but we met up with a new friend. After the reception, Annie, our new friend, and I took the cable car down to Fisherman's Wharf! We had dinner, found the sea lions, and just walked around.

Tuesday, we went to a session called "Stump the Professor." This is where residents present difficult cases to some of the renowned professors around the country and see if they can get them. It was a lot of fun, plus I learned a lot. The professors got 2/3 correct. There was a residency fair that afternoon, but only two programs that I'm even somewhat interested in were there. After that, Annie and I grabbed lunch and headed our separate ways. I hopped on the train to meet up with my old college roommate in Los Gatos. We spent the evening together and it was a total blast to catch up. I had a red eye flight out of San Francisco, which has totally screwed me up. So here I am, back in Ohio, awaiting my next insane trip.

Back to OB/GYN

Yes, that's right. I have manipulated myself back into my favorite rotation with two of my favorite preceptors. I'm already halfway through, so that's hard to believe. At this current point in time, I only have 4 weeks left of third year. Yikes, time is just flying by. I mean seriously, how is it the last week of May?

This time around has been a little different than the last time I rotated with them. They have left the practice they were with, and are on their own. Their new office is in the hospital, which makes it very convenient for surgeries and deliveries. I'm also gone a lot on this rotation. Last week, I missed three days because I was in San Francisco for the annual American Congress of OB/GYN meeting (I'll post about this next). The first week of June I'll miss three days where I'll be in Philadelphia taking the first portion of my Step 2 boards. I'm excited because I get to meet up with some friends Jen and Erika.

Labor and delivery has been a little slower than last time around. There have been only three deliveries since I've started. The first was a vaginal delivery that turned out perfect. The second was a delivery that I walked into the room as the baby was coming out. I was totally bummed especially since it was her first baby, so normally they take longer. Oh well, those babies come when they are ready. My third was a c-section. This was pretty uneventful. The mom just failed to progress.

So I apologize for no good stories. They just haven't been happening. My life has been busy as ever though! Residency applications start this summer. This requires a lot of paperwork. I have my first audition rotation in two weeks up in Dayton, Ohio. I'm both excited and terrified!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

An Interview is a huge resource that many students around the world. I was recently interviewed with two of my other classmates. Here's the interview:

I'll be back with more stories soon. I'm currently in San Francisco at the ACOG meeting with my friend Annie, who I haven't seen in two years. It's been fun, but I'm exhausted. More to come later...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Funny Quotes

I was seeing this older gentleman who is apparently quite the ladies man. I needed to examine his back so he took off his shirts. I reported to Dr. B, he came back in, examined him and then this conversation happened:
Dr. B: Ok, I'll go grab your medication sample, so you can get dressed.
We both get up to leave.
Patient: He looks at me and says "Wait, you're leaving too?"
Me: Well, yes I will let you get dressed.
We leave. He comes out when he's dressed, walks right over to me and says" When are you coming back here?"
I loved it. Dr. B told me that normally this patient likes to sit and talk with him, but today he had no interest in anything but me.

I was in the waiting room, waiting to see patients. The room was full. My next patient brought her sister with her. They were all wondering who I was, so I explained about my education, blah blah blah. The sister says "There are too many people in this world. You should be a bad doctor and get rid of a lot of them." I could not have been more shocked.

And then my adorable 3 year old nephew Will. We stayed with my BIL this weekend. As we were packing up to leave, Jake put on his hat. Will looks at me and says "Aunt Jenny, where is your hat?" Me- "I don't have one." Will- "Well, Uncle Jake can buy you one." Man, at 3 years old, he already has that all figured out.