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I was driven to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology to promote women’s health and improve women’s quality of life. I was not one of those medical students who knew I wanted to do Ob/Gyn from the start. Then during my medical student rotation, I was just drawn to the field and the opportunity to care for women.
I decided to pursue a career in urogynecology in order to educate women about pelvic floor disorders, to increase awareness about these conditions, and to improve women’s quality of life. It is incredibly rewarding to help women with their pelvic floor disorders, and they are so appreciative when their incontinence symptoms improve or when they are no longer bothered by their pelvic organ prolapse. I also really enjoy the surgical aspects of the field. When I was a resident, urogynecology was a fairly new field, and at that time, we did not have a specific Urogynecology rotation. However, my exposure to surgeons at both BWH and MGH helped me to realize that this was the right subspecialty for me.
I chose BWH/MGH for several reasons: the academic rigor, the outstanding clinical and surgical training, exposure to amazing faculty, and the wonderful residents.
My training in BWH/MGH enhanced my critical thinking, independence, public speaking, and leadership. I had a wonderful time in residency and think about my time there very fondly.
When I was a resident, my goal was to be a residency director. However, in fellowship, I developed a passion for research, and I have remained fairly focused on clinical research in pelvic floor disorders. More recently, I became the Division Director for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill, and although I had not envisioned myself in this position, I am thoroughly enjoying this role.
1. My BWH L&D nights team when I was a chief. 2. Our Shindig get-together in Newport, RI. A number of us from different residency classes went down to Newport, RI one weekend for what we called the “Shindig” (based on Christine Shin). Several of us still get together for a “Shindig” every few years.
My co-residents. While I still see those in Urogynecology at AUGS on a regular basis, I wish that I had the opportunity to see more of my co-residents.
Appreciate this time that you have with your co-residents and the faculty.
The opportunity to mentor trainees and junior faculty.