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OB-GYN PERSONAL STATEMENT
“Nancy, can you please go buy me some birth control pills?” my friend asked me in high school, as my first foray into women’s health. When my friend and her boyfriend were in a dilemma that involved a broken condom, she desperately shoved a crumpled $20 bill in my hand and asked me to go to the drugstore. It became very clear to me that she was not armed with the facts about birth control, sex, or the reproductive process. I gingerly explained to her the details as I learned them from the health books that my father had given me. This episode marked the first time I had an inkling that I wanted to become a gynecologist.
Every road since then has pointed me in the direction of obstetrics and gynecology. My first true insight to the clinical aspects of the specialty came during my first year of medical school. Wake Forest has a Community Practice Experience program where students shadow primary care physicians, and I chose to follow an OB/GYN practice. For eight weeks over two years, I shadowed the five doctors in this practice. What struck me most about their roles was their versatility. In one day, the doctors could go to the hospital to deliver babies, go to the operating room to perform surgery, then come back to the office to oversee clinic. They saw women old and young, pregnant and postmenopausal, sick and well. I enjoyed the diversity of the patients, the diagnoses and the treatment options that OB/GYN offered.
My decision to go into OB/GYN was further solidified after I did my third year clinical rotation. After performing many “firsts” – my first delivery, my first overnight call, my first closing in a hysterectomy – I knew I had found my place. I relished every opportunity to assist in the operating room, and even delighted in simple office procedures like colposcopy or pap smears. The rapid results that procedures, surgery and delivery afford patients are greatly appealing to me. Furthermore, I found that I was drawn to the willingness of the patients to heed the physician’s advice in health matters. While most patients in primary care do not even want to discuss issues like improving their diets or smoking cessation, I discovered that they are generally more receptive to do so when they are either pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Beyond the manual skills required for surgical management in this profession, communication skills are of utmost importance. In few other specialties do patients come with such intimate issues and concerns so inherently challenging. Throughout my clinical experience in medical school, my evaluations reflected that I have an outstanding ability to establish rapport with my patients. It was not something that required a lot of effort; I truly enjoy interacting with the patients and their families. I plan to continue using this skill throughout my residency and career. I am currently learning Spanish because I had so many patients throughout my clinical years that could not speak English. I recently completed a two-week Spanish immersion course in Costa Rica because I feel that interacting through an interpreter inhibits my ability to truly connect with my Spanish-speaking patients, an essential in the doctor-patient relationship.
I am excited to join such a multifaceted discipline as obstetrics and gynecology. I believe that OB/GYN will fulfill my desire for a stimulating, constantly-evolving specialty that integrates the physical and emotional aspects of women’s health. During residency, I want to train with an outstanding academic program that fosters good team rapport and encourages a learning environment. I also plan to explore further training options in reproductive endocrinology and infertility medicine or family planning. Though it has been over 15 years since I first helped my friend through her pregnancy scare, the experience left a lasting impression that, unbeknownst to me, would shape my direction in life.