rubyness

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I have wanted to do OB/GYN for a long time, but after a few L&D calls in my OB/GYN rotation, I am afraid I won't be able to handle that kind of intense pace for part of or all of a career.

So, where do you all get your stamina to keep up with these L&D calls? Does it get easier with time and experience?
 

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it was funny...i read that post after a loooooooong night on call. i was exhausted! but, i did talk to my resident a little about the hours...he says you get used to less sleep for the most part, but he still gets worked sometimes.

anyhow, i do love the work, and that keeps me in L&D all night long, with a smile on my face for the most part. but, the next day SUCKS!

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Some people are more cut out for the long hours and workload in OB than others,surgical types seem to thrive on it.If you find it a problem now,that should tell you something.As you get older it does not get easier for most people.Thats why many OB/GYNs tend to drop the OB as soon as thay can financially, and stick just with GYN.This is a tough specialty in many ways,I agree you have to love the work with a passion for it to be a viable career.
 

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I am a 2nd year ob/gyn resident. First let me just correct the statement in the previous post. Most ob/gyns do NOT drop obstetrics as soon as they can. That is simply untrue. No one is forced to do obstetrics. There are several jobs available for gynecologists only. Ob/gyns stop delivering babies due to malpractice rates, family issues, and those nearing retirement who are trying to phase it out of their practice.

Now on to the stamina question. We get tired just like anyone else. It depends on the type of residency program you attend. Some residents actually get to sleep on call. I am a resident at Parkland, so often times you are busy the entire time you are there. Most of the time, you don't realize how tired you are until your shift is over. There are always exciteng things going on. Once you become a resident, your whole perspective is different. You know this mom is depending on you to take care of her and her soon-to-be infant. With this specialty, things can take a turn for the worse in a heartbeat! How awful would you feel if something drastic happened and you couldn't perform because you were just too tired? This is where the adrenaline rush comes in. If you are passionate about what you do, things like stamina tend to take care of themselves.
 

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I never said "most" OB/GYNs drop OB,I said "many".It is not uncommon to see practitioners in their 40s and 50s who have given up OB.As you say there are many reasons for this and a desire for regular hours is one of them.
 
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