I am back from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical Meeting in Washington DC. It was wonderful. I mostly stuck to the medical student track again.
Some highlights – I thought the lecture on Misogyny and Women’s Health by Dr. David Grimes was brilliant, and sad and hopeful at the same time. I was impressed that ACOG chose that topic for the presidential program, which meant it was on the main stage on the main day. Although many people walked out (I am hoping it was because the program was a little bit behind schedule and the exhibit hall was opening rather than people uninterested or challenged by the material), he still had a good sized audience, and received the only standing ovation I witnessed at the convention.
Stump the Professors was fun, as usual. The medical student program was well run and helpful. My favorite part, however, was when I decided to leave the residency fair early and head to the poster sessions. I got to talk to someone who did research on publicly funded community doulas for poor women, among other topics. I also got to interact more with people from programs I wish to apply to than there were present at the residency fair.
I was also really happy to talk to more than one practitioner about episiotomy, including a maternal fetal medicine specialist who does a lot of research, and have them say it is to be avoided, even when applying forceps.
Now I am trying to get back into the swing of life, and working on elective rotations and other school stuff. Ugh.