Thank you for listening to the podcast. There were some audio difficulties, which I hope you can overlook. It certainly does not take away from Dr. Sheikh's message and her wonderful interview. "'It’s a strange time to be having a baby,' my patient said as she sat alone in her labor room. The state order to shelter-in-place in California had left her ...

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A black girl was called the N-word on the playground in elementary school in the ’90s. That black girl was me. A black girl was called ugly because of her dark black skin in elementary school in the ’90s. That black girl was me. A black girl created and independently executed a project for the science fair in elementary school. The authenticity of the ...

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I am a female surgical resident. I signed up for this. I chose four years of medical school, five years of residency, two years of research, a year of fellowship, and finally attending surgeon life. I’d choose it again. And I want this road to be hard. I want my training so tough that I don’t wonder while a patient’s on the table if I’m good enough. I want to know ...

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I am as nervous about writing this as I was when I first started my YouTube channel. Let me take you back to when I first decided to pursue medicine; I was a senior in high school, deciding between international business school or a pre-med degree. I was never one of those docs who had dreamed about becoming a doctor since I could first babble, and for a long time, this ...

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A dear midwife teacher of mine, during my intern year as an OB/GYN, told me, "You need to stop wearing those rose-colored glasses." She told me I had to take them off to be able to understand the depth and breadth of what my patients were telling me, so I could read between the lines and become a well-trained clinician. In the years that have passed since my first year ...

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We are a team of physicians: an OB/GYN, pediatrician, and pediatric and adult psychiatrist, who are primarily concerned for the emotional and physical well-being of you and your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics released interim guidelines on managing infants born to COVID-positive mothers, and we know this has amplified the anxiety, fear, and worry about the unknown that is common in pregnancy. There is changing ...

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As a cardiology fellow in a busy New York City hospital, my life has snowballed into chaos. Just last week, I was a pregnant doctor completing her second trimester, waddling down the halls of the hospital with an echocardiogram machine in tow, taking care of sick cardiac patients. Now a viral pandemic has invaded all remnants of this prior life. Patients pour into intensive care units with coronavirus. Colleagues serve on ...

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Throughout my years as a physician, I have had an abundance of moments of fear. Typically, this fear has been related to concern for my patients. A fetal bradycardia requiring an emergency Cesarean section, a postpartum woman hemorrhaging despite all first line medications and procedures, a woman with a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and dropping hemoglobin. The fear that I have felt over the last month has been different. It's a ...

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In all of my thirty years of medical practice, I have never encountered the degree of moral and ethical dilemmas as those created by COVID-19. None of us has experienced anything like this. At no time in our history has all of humanity been at risk for contracting the same potentially deadly disease. And never in my entire career could I have imagined that we would be so woefully unequipped ...

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The worst of our peers now represent us to the public. Today, whether they are the subject of legal action after their abuse of women is revealed, or dragged into the spotlight through the courage of the patients they assaulted, male gynecologists are becoming notorious in American medicine. While the history of our profession is rife with examples of male gynecologists building their clinical knowledge on the suffering of women, by ...

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I miss going to work feeling excited and inspired and determined and frustrated and exhausted. Being a doctor has been my magnetic north since I was ten, the longest relationship of my life. It’s who I am, what I’m called, how I spend my waking hours, what makes my family most proud of me, and my first love. Now I go to work terrified. I cannot sleep the night before I ...

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When I was 18, I decided I wanted to be a doctor.  I wanted to help people.  I wanted to make things better for others.  So, I studied hard in college.  I couldn’t afford to pay for test prep classes for the medical school entrance exam, so I studied on my own.  I would lock myself in my room and study for six to eight hours at a time for ...

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“It’s a strange time to be having a baby,” my patient said as she sat alone in her labor room. The state order to shelter-in-place in California had left her family with few options as her husband had to stay home to take care of their toddler. She is one of many pregnant women who do not have the choice to even consider a home birth due to her congenital ...

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"You're a pediatrician; you already know everything." "Full-term babies latch easily and basically breastfeed themselves." "I didn't have trouble breastfeeding, so you should be fine." I heard a lot of comments like this from friends and family when I was pregnant. However, when I became a mom, I was woefully under-prepared to answer my own questions when it came to breastfeeding. I knew I wanted to breastfeed my daughter, and exclusively of course, ...

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The fertility clinic waiting room is a space where many people will find themselves at some point in their lives. In spite of cheery music, shared success stories, infertility awareness weeks, and positive media campaigns, this can be a challenging and sensitive time. About one in six Canadians experience fertility problems — these range from difficulties getting pregnant to difficulties staying pregnant and experiencing pregnancy loss. As fertility specialists, we know that ...

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In my very first job as a doctor — working in a London hospital in the 1980s. I always took a ridiculously detailed past medical history for every patient I saw. I started to notice how many elderly women had had septicemia, a life-threatening infection in which enormous amounts of bacteria enter the bloodstream. The neighborhood surrounding the hospital had once been the worst slum in London. And it didn't take ...

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The truth is: While physicians are not allowed to discriminate against their patients, patients are allowed to discriminate against their physicians. This is particularly true in the private sector, fueled by online physician profiles permitting patients to choose provider characteristics ranging from those as benign as Ivy League training background to those as problematic as racial ethnicity. In this setting, the U.S.’s free-market economy reigns supreme — freedom of choice is ...

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There is good news and bad news in the world of women’s health. The good news is that women do not need annual Pap smears. The bad news is that, upon hearing the good news, many women incorrectly assume they no longer need annual pelvic exams, either. Historically, Pap smears were performed annually, and during the same time as pelvic exams, so it is understandable why women would conflate the two. But ...

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I wanted to go the extra mile for my patient. The resistance I found was unexpected. She was young. Her life — an incredible journey in diplomatic circles — was crippled too soon by a recurring disease that would ultimately prevail. Day after day, I'd round on her in what seemed like a pointless exercise, waiting for the inevitable to come. Another round of chemotherapy would have to wait for her ...

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It is a fluke of the news cycle that if we don't hear a product warning frequently, we can "forgive" that product and think it has somehow become safe. While no one would "forgive" cigarettes, lead in drinking water or mercury in tuna, the public has definitely softened on the danger of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause. So it is noteworthy that a recently released ...

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