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The *Definitive* Pre-Rotation Advice Thread: OB/GYN

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by PaddyofNine, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. PaddyofNine

    PaddyofNine Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2003
    Dublin, Ireland
    This is my first ever clinical rotation starting in 10 days or so.

    Any advice that you wish someone had bestowed on you before your rotation? Do's/Dont's etc?
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  4. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Alternatively, try to nail one of the residents. That way at least one person on the rotation won't treat you like ****.
  5. ears

    ears Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    Be a duck. By which I mean, there's a lot of crap coming your way, probably, and the easiest way to deal with it is to just let it run right off of you. Ob/Gyn residents tend to be difficult to deal with (usually because they're being badly treated themselves), but if you're calm and don't react badly when things get a little crazy, you'll come out looking pretty good and having a decent experience.

    I started with Ob/Gyn, too. It wasn't my thing, but I didn't have a terrible time, either.
  6. fang

    fang 7+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    I also started with OB-gyn. Study so you can do well on the shelf, get involved as much as you can, and don't take anything personally. I may have had an unusual rotation experience, but the residents were extremly unpleasant to everyone in my rotation group... if that happens to you try to remember it's them, not you. Also, there are a lot of ethically challenging situations that come up-- late abortions involving counting fetal parts, women who take drugs during pregnancy, women dying of ovarian cancer. Since you can't discuss those issues with the residents, you might want to figure out who you can go to talk to (classmate, friend, etc.).
  7. MadameLULU

    MadameLULU Saucy Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    I also started with OB/GYN and i think its a great rotation to start off with, particularly for surgery oriented types.
    1.You get accustomed to arriving and leaving the hospital when the sun isn't up so you're not in for a rude awakening when surgery begins.
    2. You learn about pre-operative management and post operative management of surgical patients.
    But it's also an interesting mix of medicine (at least I think it is, haven't rotated on medicine yet) particularly with the diabetic OB (titrating doses of insulin).

    In terms of things to expect, I think it's universal to most rotations. Help the residents out, but dont waste your time doing scutwork. My experiences was split up into an OB month and a Gyn month. OB was by far the worst schedule of the two, so if your schedule is similar, i advise you to get most of your studying in during the gyn month. Search the threads about what to study and focus your studying on MANAGEMENT/What's the next step questions.
  8. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2000
    1. I agree with 'dont take anything personally'
    2. Try to be diligent about having things done before you are asked
    3. Arrive early, stay late
    4. Know how to read a fetal heart monitor before you get there "VEAL CHOP"

    Good luck
  9. dfagod

    dfagod Member 7+ Year Member

    May 23, 2005
    Realize that OB residents are the most evil and miserable human beings on earth. Just keep your head down, and get out of there in one piece.
  10. nutcancer

    nutcancer 2+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    Even the straight female residents will have lesbian style haircuts. Just something to know so it doesn't surprise you.
  11. Arsenic

    Arsenic posting from the future Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    May 5, 2004
    when you're on labor and delivery, at least at our hospital the best people to stick with were the interns and midwives. the senior residents were way too busy managing the floor to spend any real time with students. if its the same way at your institution, stick to an intern or midwife if you want to see a lot of deliveries.

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