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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...

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...

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...

Eating Healthy When You’re Busy

Eating healthy when you are busy is super challenging. It is something I am constantly struggling with and working on. Eating healthy plays an extremely important role in our health, including our mental well being.  One thing I have noticed is that whenever I am very busy I (not surprisingly) end up eating out a lot, and end up eating a lot of junk! During these times, I find myself feeling terrible. I feel bloated, my mind is foggy, and...