Sunday, March 18, 2007

Free Condoms

Only in NYC.


My OB/GYN rotation started last week in a major NYC hospital in Queens.

I travel 4 hours in traffic each day to perform pelvic exams, pap smears, and listen to fetal heart sounds. I couldn't help but smile when I heard my first fetal heartbeat or when I felt the baby's head during a vaginal exam for the first time.

I may have the chance to go into the Labor and Delivery Room this week.

I've never seen a baby born in real life.

I'll have to remember to bring my Kleenex.

Saturday, March 17, 2007


I've learned that I do NOT like working overnights in the ER. I did two back-to-back, 8pm-8am shifts and then slept the following 20 hours...STRAIGHT. That lifestyle is not for me. I was scheduled to work 3 more overnights that same week...for a total of 60 hours. I realized after my second overnight shift that working overnights wasn't in my best interest. So, I spoke with my preceptor and asked to change my hours. We settled on 2pm to 2am. This worked out much better because after 2am...NOBODY wants to teach medicine.

The hospital that I did my ER rotation at was messed up. That's the best way I could put it. By the time I made it to the fifth week of any other rotation, I always felt more comfortable than the day that I began. Not at this place. I felt like I was walking on eggshells everyday. I did meet a few good souls. The nursing staff was very supportive and there were a handful of PAs that were helpful, but there was only ONE doc that really took me under his wing. The same doc that had me aspirate the knee and suture the forehead. This doc saw my potential and encouraged me. He told me to "keep in touch" after I graduate.

The greatest lesson I learned in the ER...I've got a VERY STRONG STOMACH!