Now that I’ve finished my first rotation of my 3rd year (OB/GYN), here are some assorted thoughts about my experience:
Most interesting case: An otherwise healthy, fit lady in her 50s presented with complex ovarian masses bilaterally. When she went in for laparoscopic surgery, they turned out to be huge dermoid cysts, the largest one being more than half a foot in diameter. As the resident morcellated the tumor to break it up into smaller chunks, pieces of fat and hair within the cyst went flying around the OR. It was both disgusting and fascinating at the same time.
Most memorable patient: A young lady presented to Labor and Delivery along with her entire extended family, all with accents and personalities strongly reminiscent of The Jersey Shore. Throughout the delivery, the room was constantly switching between supportive cheering, angry shouting, and joyful crying. I’ll admit, I was tearing up a little too.
Lowest point of the rotation: Scrubbing into a 5-hour surgery only to stand there and be ignored by the team, all while a surly scrub nurse verbally abused me for being ungraceful in the OR. Ugh.
Overall impressions: Going into the rotation, I had only heard neutral or negative things about OB/GYN. Coming out however, I was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the residents and attendings, the variety of cases, and the amount of learning I did. Although I don’t think I would do OB/GYN as a career, I felt like I gained practical experience that will definitely carry on to other rotations and beyond.