My OBGYN Clerkship Experience

WHAT’S UP GUYS! I’m currently procrastinating studying for gen surg, so figured I’d do a little recap of my OBGYN rotation! OBGYN stands for obstetrics and gynecology where obstetrics focuses on childbirth and the care of women giving birth and gynecology is the medicine of the female reproductive tract! OBGYN is a unique field in that it is generally half surgical and half clinical.

I was extremely excited for this rotation because I’ve had a few experiences in medical school that have encouraged me to consider OBGYN as a specialty — more on this later :). When picking our third year curriculum, I actually chose to have OBGYN 4th block because I wanted to be fresh after winter break but have the experience of 3 rotations under my belt. I basically set up my whole 3rd year schedule around this rotation, so there was a lot of hype before I even started!

Without further ado, here are some quick bullets on things i learned, experienced, liked, and disliked about OBGYN!

O B G Y N
likes:

  • The physiology of childbirth. I just find the embryology and anatomy fascinating. It is insane the millions of steps that need to happen correctly for a healthy newborn to be born. It is crazy to me that childbirth is one of the most natural processes (if not the most natural process), yet women still are dying from complications today. I see lots of innovation in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in regards to IVF and genetic screening. Overall, such an exciting topic.
  • The patient population. My minor in college was Women’s Gender Studies, so actively seeing problems that only affect one gender was pretty fascinating. The resiliency that these patients have after being diagnosed with cervical cancer at 28 or having a miscarriage at 19 is absolutely astonishing.
  • The balance of patient education, clinical procedures, and surgeries! Not one day will be the same as the next and no one patient will be the same as any other.

dislikes:

  • This might be biased from my experience alone, so hoping this could change, but gyn onc is HARD! The surgeries are tedious and long. The patients are super sick. I just found my week on this to be generally sad rather than happy. Hoping a month rotation will change my mind 🙂
  • It’s disheartening to see babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome and I don’t believe this will get easier with time!

what I learned:

  • Women rock. Carrying a fetus for 9 months – insane. Delivering a baby – crazy. And all the other pathology and diseases unique to women is just so fascinating.
  • I guess I never fully understood the amount of surgery that is involved in OBGYN. I mean, OBGYNs use the Da Vinci for robotic surgery—— dfkjdsaklfjdasklf.
  • Birth plans almost never happen the way they were written out LOL.

 

Next up: general surgery!

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