After six weeks of 5 AM wake-up calls, night float, days in the operating room, and babies galore, my OB/GYN rotation is over!
With the excitement of childbirth and procedures each day, the chaos of running from the operating rooms to the labor and delivery rooms to the antepartum and postpartum units, and long, 11+ hour days, there was never a dull moment, and my OB/GYN rotation was both one of my most feared rotations to begin as well as one of my favorites of third-year so far. This was, in large part, thanks to the wonderful group of students I worked with on my six weeks of learning as much as I could about obstetrics and gynecology.
The three other students on my team and I became what I like to think of as a little (and sometimes sarcastic!) “dream team” of sorts. At the suggestion of our senior resident, we each picked and presented a topic each day to share with the other students, and I found great value in learning from my classmates, as well as presenting information to them and answering their questions on the topic I had become an “expert” on. The first time I wrote a magnesium check note or a vaginal delivery note, another student was quick to lend me a note he had written previously to use as a template to aid in my note writing. When a classmate was straggling behind on rounding on patients in the morning, I jumped in to look up lab work to help him get back on schedule. “Can I help you with anything?”s were thrown around on the regular, and I felt both well supported by my classmates and ready to support them, too, in any way that I could.
Learning clinical information on rotations is essential, but something I didn’t think much about before entering third-year of medical school was the importance of learning to work as a team. I’m thankful for the experience to have worked with the three students that I did on OB/GYN. They taught me so much that we are tested on our exams, but even more about how to create an environment conducive to building a dream team.