Benefits of NSS Membership
Becoming an NSS member will allow you to meet your future colleagues, network with current residents and residency directors, and collaborate with other medical students across the nation! ACOOG's upcoming Fall Conference 10/16/20-10/18/20 is going to be completely virtual and has events designed specifically for medical students. Participants can engage in mock interviews with residency directors, physicians, and residents, a residency program mixer, student poster contest, and hear lectures tailored for medical students. Sign up here: https://www.acoog.org/web/FC20
Can't participate in the conference? OB/GYNs who are ACOOG members in your area and across the nation are volunteering to be a mentor. You can reach out to any of them in the database for questions, coffee meetings, networking, and to develop a professional mentor-mentee relationship: https://www.acoog.org/web/Online/Education/Student/Students.aspx
ACOOG encourages and supports NSS members to communicate, share and collaborate with other medical students who are interested in the OB/GYN professions through a variety of communication platforms including the ACOOG app, Instagram, Facebook, and emails. Join, like, and subscribe to keep in touch with us!
Thinking about pursuing OB/GYN? This issue, we’ll be sharing some great information published by APGO (Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics). Here are a couple excerpts from APGO's Clerkship Guide to Success:
What does pursuing OBGYN look like?
Completing a four-year ob-gyn residency prepares you as an ob-gyn generalist. An ob-gyn physician provides health care to diverse groups of women across the lifespan, with an emphasis on disease prevention and providing continuity of care. Ob-gyn is uniquely suited to students who desire variety in their practice, as most physicians in this specialty spend approximately half of their time in the office and half of their time either in labor and delivery or in the operating room. They perform deliveries, provide comprehensive obstetric care and perform gynecologic surgery. Major surgeries include abdominal, laparoscopic, robotic and vaginal hysterectomy, advanced laparoscopic procedures, hysteroscopic procedures, more extensive abdominal cancer surgeries and vaginal reconstructive surgeries. In addition to major surgery, ob-gyn physicians perform office procedures, which may include ultrasound, colposcopy, abortion, placement of contraceptive implants, intrauterine insemination, biopsies, conization of the cervix, hysteroscopy and saline-infused sonograms. Several board-certified subspecialty fellowships are available for those interested in more specific aspects of women’s reproductive health. These include Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
What should I study to prepare for my clerkship?
Certain topics are encountered by nearly all students during the ob-gyn clerkship. In obstetrics, common problems include bleeding, contractions, leaking fluid, swelling, abdominal pain and concern that the baby is not moving. In gynecology, common complaints include vaginal discharge, abnormal bleeding, abdominal/pelvic pain, abdominal/pelvic mass, annual exam, contraceptive counseling, unintended pregnancy, difficulty conceiving and abnormal Pap smear. For a broad overview, two texts are commonly used in ob-gyn clerkships: Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology, by Hacker & Moore, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, by Beckmann & Ling. These brief, but comprehensive texts cover the range of ob-gyn topics. In addition, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility Resident Survival Guide (Gordon), Clinical Pearls, and Blueprints are handy pocket references. Your clerkship director may recommend specific texts for the rotation.
Interest Groups Across the Country
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) OB/GYN Club is supporting one of their community partners, No More Secrets MBS Inc., in their movement #BlackGirlsBleed. Through social media engagement and community conversation, the club is encouraging others to join the #BlackGirlsBleed movement to #EndPeriodPoverty in the Philadelphia community.
Many black women suffer from period poverty, or the inability to access/afford menstrual hygiene products. Period poverty forces many Black menstruators to skip school, miss interviews, or make the choice to put food on the table instead of purchasing a tampon.
The organization No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit Inc. is run by the founder/CEO Lynette Medley and the Executive Director Nya Mcglone. There are currently no ongoing programs in the Philadelphia area that help with providing access to hygiene products. Lynette and her team work tirelessly every day to collect and deliver donations, feminine hygiene supplies, and panties for young ladies who are either unable to afford these items or do not have regular access to them. They are currently delivering almost 200 three month supplies of menstrual products to the doorsteps of menstruators in the greater Philadelphia area each week, even through the pandemic.
Their new movement #BlackGirlsBleed seeks to:
1. Address systemic racism in the menstrual health space - a space historically dominated by White perspectives - by amplifying the voices of Black menstruators
2. Decrease generational silence + stigma surrounding menstruation in Black communities
To find out more information, you can visit their webpage: https://www.nomoresecretsmbs.org/
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 Dr. Jessica Geida, who has grown her social media platform as @smilesandscrubs on Instagram by sharing her knowledge on women’s health and her journey to becoming a board-eligible OB/GYN. Here are her thoughts!
“As a PGY2 at my program we complete 52 twenty-four hour calls, and if hindsight serves me correctly, are awake and working for most of them. In the middle of my second year I made the choice to not let the hours, the stress, or the exhaustion cloud my vision. So for every patient encounter, no matter how complex or simple their chief complaint, no matter what hour of the day, and no matter what the rest of my census looked like, I would purposefully walk into their room with a smile on my face and an open heart. I vowed to not let the endless charting, continual phone calls, and the inevitable day to day monotony affect my doctor-patient relationship, and I think that saved me. No matter how hard everything else gets as a resident, and it will get hard, the fact of the matter is that your patients need you, rely on you, and trust you to show up every day and do a good job. More than anything else, remembering WHY I chose medicine [my patients] has kept me motivated.”
-Dr. Jessica Geida