In an article from the Pew Charitable Trusts, an upcoming scarcity of OB/GYNs in the U.S. is predicted with a potential shortage of 22,000 OB/GYNs by the year 2050. Reasons given for the shortage are a growing population, female OB/GYNs retiring early and working part-time, residents entering sub-specialties and changing physician attitudes about work-life balance. Suggestions in the article to combat the shortage are increasing OB/GYN residency spots and supporting ...

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I was home free: in my final year of medical school, with one last rotation to finish. I had matched into a residency in obstetrics. The tsunami of stress that loomed over the past year -- choosing a specialty, interviewing all over the country, waiting for the life-altering but fickle match -- had passed. I knew where I was going and what I was doing. Our end-of-the-year show was fast approaching. ...

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The latest celebrity to use the internet like a a public speculum is Khloe Kardashian. I know this because my phone blew up recently with reporters texting, e-mailing and sending direct messages on Twitter asking about vaginal vitamin E. So I gave some quotes and thought it would all die down. But no. Kardashian vagina ranks up there in national significance with the first woman running for the highest office ...

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My eyes open. The blackness of the call room envelopes me. Consciousness sets in with a lingering disorientation. A small green light, is speaking … ringing. “Are you standing up?” The resident on the other end knows her attending too well. She’s right not to risk my falling asleep mid-conversation. A woman has arrived laboring at 24 weeks gestation. Records aren't available, but she reports her fetus has a diaphragmatic hernia. ...

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I have been an OB/GYN hospitalist at a busy suburban community hospital for almost one year. I truly love my job. However, I've noticed something unexpected that's prompted me to pause. There are several physicians -- good, clinically competent, kind physicians -- who frequently perform episiotomies. Routine episiotomy is not recommended. In my training and eight years of practice prior to becoming a hospitalist I rarely saw it used. So ...

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Our patient was a 15-year-old girl who came to the emergency room of our hospital saying she wanted to commit suicide after being raped several weeks ago at a classmate's party. In the emergency room, a urine pregnancy test was positive. On admission to the hospital, she was very clear that her thoughts of killing herself came from her rape and current pregnancy. She was clear that she wished to ...

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Watch how pathologists help the early detection of women's cancers.  Created by the College of American Pathologists.

There’s a lot of fear and anxiety about the job market with recent medical school graduates. The 2008 crisis almost collapsed the housing market and many of our large banks, prized institutions, and beacons of financial stability, dissolved overnight.  If you combine these events with the financial burden of student loans that many graduates have, it’s easy to see why many medical students are somewhat skeptical of the job market. In ...

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No couple ever expects to visit a fertility doctor. However, 10 to 15 percent of couples suffer from infertility. This means that approximately 1 out of every 8 people you know are struggling to conceive and seeking help to grow their family. I can only imagine how hard it must be for a patient struggling with infertility to walk into clinic and see that their infertility doctor is also pregnant. ...

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Removing one’s own IUD is apparently “a thing.” There are even YouTube videos of women sharing their experiences. If you can get a medical degree from Google then why not get your OB/GYN residency from YouTube? All kidding aside, I’m a gynecologist and I’m going to explain why you shouldn’t. It’s not that people can’t technically pull out their own IUDs. It does happen accidentally, albeit rarely. An occasional mishap with ...

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