BRCA Testing

As you might already know, October is breast cancer awareness month.  Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Statistically speaking, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, which is a staggering number!  There has been a lot of information lately about screening mammograms, breast density, etc. but today I wanted to chat a little bit about BRCA testing. The BRCA gene is a gene that, when mutated, can lead...

All About IUDs!

I love IUDs. I really do. They are old (there are reports of primitive IUDs being used in 400 B.C.!), but lately there has been a lot of chatter about them. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists endorse the use of them in their respective populations. Why is that? Because they are a seriously effective form of REVERSIBLE birth control that have a lot of other benefits too! So what is an...

What To Expect At The Gynecologist

As an OB/GYN, my job is sort of a hybrid between a primary care physician and a specialist all in one.  People come to me for their yearly well being visits, but I also deal with things specific to my field, like prenatal care and gynecologist surgery. I know that going to an OBGYN is most people’s least favorite experience, and there can be a lot of fear surrounding it. It certainly is a very personal, vulnerable experience. Hopefully, this...

My Experience With Grief In Residency

One of the topics that I find so important these days is physician wellness. This subject is getting a lot of interest right now AND FOR GOOD REASON — every year, 300-400 physicians commit suicide. In fact, the suicide rate among male physicians is 1.41 times higher than the general male population, and among female physicians 2.27 times greater than the general female population. So yeah, physician wellness is an important topic. It is something I hope to talk about...

Weekend Recap

Happy Tuesday! I always love a long weekend, but coming back to work can always be so stressful because you have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4. Sigh. Regardless, this weekend was too much fun! We celebrated our three year anniversary with an delicious dinner at a new restaurant in town, followed by brunch with a view on Saturday morning. Don’t believe me? The plan was to go for a hike after brunch, but I was feeling...

Relationships in Residency

Thursday is my third wedding anniversary! If you are doing the math, that means the bulk of time we have been married (um, all of it) has been when while we were (slash are) residents.  There is no question, residency is hard and it can certainly take a toll on a relationship.  To top that all off, my dad was diagnosed with cancer and died shortly afterwards during my second and third year of residency, which put an additional load...

Friday Round Up

Phew, we made it to Friday! I’ve always loved reading other people’s posts linking to different things they are loving, reading, cooking, etc. and so I decided to make it a regular part of the blog as well. So without further ado: Worried about climate change? Little things can make a difference! Zanna Van Dijk, a fitness blogger from the UK, collaborated with Ryan Andrews on an article about what to eat to support the climate. This article about a life...

5 tips For Exercising On The Go

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great week! Things have been busy around here while I help my mom move.  It is a bittersweet time.  I am saying goodbye to my childhood home, but it is time for my mom to move on. Anyways, today I wanted to talk about fitness and exercise when you are busy. A lot of my co-residents and friends would always ask me how I was able to fit in exercise as a resident...

The best books for OB/GYN residents

Having just recently completed my OBGYN residency, I thought I would share a few resources that I found particularly helpful. I posted this to instagram a few weeks ago, but I figured it was worthy of a blog post. To be completely honest, these would not only be helpful for residents, but any medical students hoping to specialize in OBGYN. Every July, the most common questions new interns ask are  “what books do I need??” I can’t really speak to...

How to start running

I didn’t always used to be a runner. In fact, I hated running and would dread running in gym class. When I was a senior in high school, I joined the track team with my best friend so that we could get out of gym class and get a free period instead. We usually would spend the time jogging to her house, eating snacks, and then jogging back when the amount of time we were supposed to have been running...