Friday, September 20, 2013
I've officially finished my OB/GYN rotation. My second shelf is over and done with and I'm currently in the Dulles United Club waiting for my flight to Beijing!
In contrast to the labor and delivery portion, I really enjoyed the gynecology half of the rotation. At BWMC, gyn was split into surgery and clinic. I spent most days in the OR, scrubbing in on hysterectomies (removing the uterus +/- ovaries and fallopian tubes), hysteroscopies (the most boring procedure ever - just sticking a long camera scope into the uterus and looking around to find any polyps - takes 10 minutes, tops), tubal ligations (tube tying), and myomectomies (removing fibroids from the uterus). One of the highlights was doing an open myomectomy. Below is all of the 31 fibroids, from pearl size to clementine size, we removed from a woman's uterus! Imagine that all of these firm balls, bening tumors really, infiltrating your uterus, making it grow as big as a pregnant uterus, hindering fertility, causing pain, and bleeding. Pretty unpleasant, but up to 80% of women will develop fibroids at some point in their life. This patient was actually young and still desired children, which is why we decided to do it open (vs. laparoscopic or robotic). We wanted to be more careful to preserve the healthy parts of the uterus, called the myometrium, so she could conceive in future. Digging out these fibroids was like shucking for oysters! After we were done, even the two surgeons remarked that they had never removed so many fibroids.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, I took a whirlwind trip to New York City with R & J to visit our friend A, who works in the city as a journalist. Even though New York is only a 3-4 hour bus ride away, it was my first trip there since I started med school (2 years!) and even then, I was only there for a grand total of a day, not counting transportation time. We stayed at A's cute apartment in FiDi (the Financial District), walked across the street to shops and restaurants in South St Seaport, and embarked on a food centered journey across Manhattan.
The Brooklyn Bridge from A's rooftop terrace!
Mexican feast for brunch
The High Line
The four of us!
So much energy was expended to get Big Gay Ice Cream
Birthday cake macaron + Earl Grey tea macarons at Lafayette
Brunch at Cafe Orlin with an old friend
Walking through Little Italy
Thanks to R for the better pics (iPhone ones are mine). All in all, it was a whirlwind day in NYC. From walking over half the city to seeking out the best ice cream/froyo/brunch/dinner spots to an open bar and dancing until 2 am, I had a great time. Alas, I wish the trip were longer and that the four of us had more time together!