Back from ACOG

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.

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  1. Welcome back to the grind. Glad you had a good time! That IS good news about the MFM specialist!

  2. P

    I found your website today and you.are.my.hero.

    I trained to be a doula last year and started taking classes to be a nurse after doulaing my friend during her birth. While volunteering at a hospital nearby, I started getting second thoughts…maybe I really want to go to MS to be a ob/gyn? Oh snap. You are pretty much where I wish I were right now. :)

    So, is it worth it? Really? Are the sacrifices as hard or harder than you expected? I’ve done pro/con lists, forum sites, ob/gyn shadowing and I’m dreading this final decision. I’m at the cusp right now of applying to nursing school or going md – it’s really scary.

    I’m coming back to read your archived posts and stay up on your adventures. I love your blog.

    • MomTFH

      Awww, thanks!

      I don’t know what kind of advice to give you. Every day I wonder if I made the right decision. Major life decisions like this aren’t ever 100% right – there are pros and cons that will lead to thankfulness and doubts no matter what you choose.

      I did a month’s rotation with a CNM who I was quite jealous of – her life consisted of prenatal clinic and lots of wonderful vaginal deliveries. She had a lot less school and loan debt than I did, and I am not even done yet. I was facing residency still, and she was licensed, practicing, and younger than me. She even occasionally assisted in cesarean deliveries, and even closed them.

      One day while I was sitting there envying her, she sighed and said, “All I want to do is be a surgeon.”

      • P

        Hahaha, that’s true. It’s always a case of the grass being greener. Thanks for the reply and keep up the good work!

  3. David Grimes is a character, loved by some, hated by some, and nobody in between.

    • MomTFH

      Ha, that was going to be my follow up question. I agree.

      I got in a spirited argument with a friend about the application of the word “misogyny”.

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