NSS  Newsletter

Benefits of NSS Membership

With the changing residency landscape, now more than ever, medical students need help navigating through their four years of education. Should we pursue research projects? How can I make a good impression during my OB/GYN clerkship? For students still contemplating OB/GYN as their chosen specialty, there is a lot to consider, such as what does the daily life of an OB/GYN look like? These questions can only be answered by established and experienced physicians.

As a member of NSS-ACOOG, students have access to a formal database of OB/GYNs willing to help answer those questions. All physicians have been vetted by ACOOG Board Members to ensure we receive the best guidance. Additionally, the Fall and Spring conferences offer an incredible opportunity to meet OB/GYNs from across the country. Speaking with Dr. Dardarian, the current president of ACOOG, he encourages students to approach the members, especially those who wear an ACOOG pocket crest. This indicates that they are official ACOOG Board Members. They love to help students and would be happy to answer questions.

Make sure you take advantage of what NSS offers and the network it provides! We want to see all of our students succeed.
With your ACOOG log-in, you can access the database here:  


Pursuing OB/GYN

ACOOG hosted a webinar all about clerkships, auditions and residencies. A panel comprised of a program director, PGY1, PGY2 and OMSIII reviewed the general process of third and fourth year for an OB/GYN applicant then hosted a Q&A at the end. Topics covered included OB/GYN as a career, how to prep for third year clerkship, excelling in auditions/sub-Is, designing your fourth year and applying for residency.

 Missed the webinar? You can access the powerpoint and recording on the ACOOG website. Use your student log in at: https://www.acoog.org/web/Online/Education/Student/Students.aspx and then scroll to the bottom of the page to access student webinars. This is also where you will find any of our past webinars, including one geared toward students who have not yet decided between fields, which provides a general overview of a career in OB/GYN. Let us know what webinars you would like to see in the future!


Interest Groups Across the Country

Bryn Walsh and Samantha Brennan from the Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest OB/GYN recently organized an endometrial biopsy workshop with Dr. Anita Nelson.

Endometrial biopsy is a minimally invasive technique used to collect endometrial tissue for the analysis of abnormal cells. Indications include all post-menopausal bleeding and having a high-risk for endometrial cancer. For post-menopausal women, the test sensitivity is reported to be over 99%.

Workshop participants practiced the endometrial biopsy technique by using pig liver and a Pipelle. Pig liver has a similar consistency to the endometrial tissue and was wrapped in the saran wrap. A Pipelle is a flexible polypropylene suction cannula and used in the actual procedure. The participants practiced performing the circular motion that is utilized during the actual procedure to collect tissue samples from the entire endometrial lining. More than 30 students have participated in the workshop. The club is planning on hosting this workshop again this year.

Staying Motivated

It’s no secret that medical school is demanding – from long hours studying day to day, to the big hurdles of board exams and residency applications, the four years of medical school can be as stressful at times as they are rewarding. In recent years, those pursuing and training for a career in medicine have begun to shine a light more than ever on burnout and mental health in medicine. We reached out to students and residents at various levels of their education to see their perspective and their methods for staying motivated!

 “As an intern, I have a lot of newfound responsibility, for my patients and on my team. The weight of that responsibility, paired with the long work hours, can absolutely be stressful at times. I deal with my stress by spending my down time as “self-care” time as often as I can – relaxing, running errands, and spending time with family and friends. While that spare time isn’t always as often as I’d like, taking advantage of the time I have and using it to recharge has made a big difference in my mental health, and has helped me avoid burning out during intern year. I am able to give my all to my patients and my team during the day, because I make sure to recharge as well as I can when I’m at home.”

-Dr. Caroline P., PGY1

“Medical school has been simultaneously one of the most enjoyable and most stressful times of my life. Interview season and 4th year have shown me how much I have grown in the past four years, and reflecting on that growth during stressful times – like anxiously awaiting Match Day! – gives me a boost of confidence and helps me regain perspective on how far I’ve come to get here. Knowing how far I’ve come keeps me motivated to finish 4th year strong and to start the next phase of my career with confidence!”

-Addison R., OMS4

“The first two years of medical school have been challenging, especially with my first set of boards approaching this summer. I found that making time to stay active keeps my head clear and helps me stay motivated. I try to be active in some way daily, whether I read my notes on the treadmill at the gym or by taking a walk with my dog. On free weekends after exams, I like to go hiking or travel nearby to visit friends. Making that time for myself helps me reset, in a way, and helps me really focus and work hard when it’s time to buckle down and have a long study session!”

-Sarah B, OMS2