Friday, July 29, 2011

Thoughts on...obstetrics & gynecology

How has another week gone by so quickly? I can't believe next week will be my last in Bridgewater. It seems like only yesterday that I just arrived.

So...thoughts on OBS/GYN! This week was primarily focused on gynecology which brings shivers down many-a-woman's spine.


The picture speaks for itself...

However, during the course of this week I learned a lot! For instance, I:
  • became VERY comfortably doing Pap tests
  • realized that some women honestly have no preference of whether they have a male or female gynecologist
  • discovered that obs/gyn is a good balance between the art & science of medicine (one physician put it this way: internal medicine is mainly brains, surgery is mainly brawn, and obs/gyn has the best of both worlds!)
  • became more aware of my passion for women's health
Is obs/gyn for me? It's hard to say at this time! I love that there is a wide age-range for the patients you see. And although it is focused on women's health, the scope is SO broad...I don't think I'd get bored in this area or hit any dead ends! As far as lifestyle is concerned (i.e. being on call), only clerkship will reveal whether I've "got what it takes". So for the time being, it is still ruled in...along with a few dozen other specialties ;)

By the way, after yesterday's post I did end up going for a run! And as expected, I physically felt much better afterwards. I even met some deer along the way of my trail run.

Don't look too hard for the deer in this won't find them! :P

How have your experiences with obstetricians/gynecologists been? Does the gender of your physician matter to you?


  1. I've had a guy one, and he was wonderful. I've had a lady one too who I liked equally as much. I don't care what gender they are at all as long as they know what they're doing and make me feel comfortable!

  2. My experiences have been fine really, I used to see my primary care (a woman) for annual exams, until I started with the abnormal paps & colposcopies and stuff, so now I see an obgyn who is a man, and it doesn't bother me either way. I have learned though that I will definitely always go with an obgyn from now on because they're so much quicker about it!

  3. That's great to hear! Growing up, the vast majority of my friends said they would never go to a male gynecologist but I agree that it's more important that they know their field well and can help patients feel comfortable. The physician I shadowed this week was very professional and good with his patients...he was a wonderful example to learn from :)