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Saturday, March 17, 2018

::March Madness::

Hey Ya'll ;-)

Monday, I started my Consults rotation. This is the person that holds the GYN Consult pager for the hospital. We get all the Main Campus calls from the Emergency Department and inpatient services. I also get to do any GYN cases at Main that aren't cancer. We usually do all our scheduled benign GYN cases off campus at a smaller hospital.

This week, our service was consulted for things like ectopic pregnancies, lost IUDs, heavy periods, pediatric gynecology recommendations, early pregnancy, and post-menopausal bleeding. It was busy!

We will do surgeries as needed for GYN emergencies and take care of any GYN patient admitted to Main that is not on the Oncology service.

My hours are 7AM-6PM usually. I also get to hang out with the PGY3 for some of the days, which is great, because it means I get to operate with friends!!


This week I also started the "4AM work out campaign". Which, also became the  "8:30PM bedtime campaign".

I did it though! 5 days in a row!

Monday, we also got snow. North Carolina is being so rude right now.

Wednesday was our annual resident retreat. This year we had a field day, which was cold, but ended up being fun...much needed laughs for everyone.

GYN team lunch

Friday, we matched our new interns! So exciting because this is the class kicking us out! WOOT #89Days

The kiddos are doing great. Since I have been on Consults, I have no clue what is going on in our house. I'm gone before they get up and back right before bed time. It's a bummer, but I'm thankful for such good family time up until now. Also, my weekends are EV-ER-Y-THING.

There was that one time this week I was able to pick up Isabelle, and then I dropped my badge somewhere on the ground at her daycare...#Fail. Hahaha but it was recovered.

Last weekend, Natey got a hair cut and he thinks he is the bomb. I can't blame him, he looks so cool! If you have tips on how to get a 9 year old out the mirror, please advise...

Isabelle and I had our first Mommy-daughter pedi sessions. She did great - not surprised. I see many more of these in our future.

Hope you all are having a good weekend!!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SHEroes Unite! Strength Has No Gender™ Campaign with Brawny®

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There are only 90-something days until graduation. This week, the next year’s interns will match and I always get nostalgic this time thinking about how far I have come.

I’m so excited when I see young women matching into their dream specialties - especially the mamas, because those images are what kept me going when medicine was just a dream... They were my SHEroes. 

A SHEro is a woman who embodies strength, courage, the confidence to be herself, and does it all while uplifting those around her. We all know these women. 

I am related to them, I work with them, and these women are my patients. I strive to be them.

This year for Women’s History Month, I’ve partnered with Brawny® paper towel in their Strength Has No Gender™ campaign. Brawny®'s brand mission is inspiring others to overcome life's challenges with strength and resilience. We are highlighting the everyday “SHEro Stories” of women who are dominating fields that have been traditionally dominated by men. You can find more information on their campaign page: Here.

Not only have they given their packaging a timely makeover to celebrate women, but what I love the most is that they want to hear as many SHEro stories as possible, because they have an amazing message to spread: 
GIRLS INC. PARTNERSHIP MODULE SHEROES OF TOMORROW: Brawny® will donate a $100K and, will also give your SHEro stories to Girls Inc. to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Let’s shape a better future and prove #StrengthHasNoGender
If that isn’t a reason to tell your story, I don’t know what is!

My journey started as child drawn to medicine but my destination became less clear May 2008 when I found out I was pregnant - the summer before my senior year in college. I laugh today because so much of my plan was contingent on not starting my family until after residency, and I could not see things any other way. Thankfully, I did quickly see it differently in someone else...

I call it divine intervention, that shortly after telling my friends and job about my pregnancy, I was introduced to someone who was living the life I had thought was impossible. She had not only had a baby during college, but was strong enough to not let it derail her dreams, and had made it to medical school where she was thriving. Y’all, to this day, that was one of the most important meetings of my life.

Needless to say, I left that meeting and took the baton. I had my son in January and we were in the car headed to a medical school interview 2 weeks later. I was nursing a newborn in the hotel next door in between my interviews - can you say "stressful"?!

I didn’t get in to medical school that year, but I still clung to the dream. I graduated from Michigan on time, packed up my baby, and we moved to Indianapolis so that I could do a post-bac program and reapply. It meant moving way out of my comfort zone. It meant going to school full time while parenting a baby all alone. But I was not going to back down.

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By the spring, I had two medical school acceptances - one of them included a full tuition scholarship.

I started blogging. If I could do it, I wanted the next young woman to never doubt that she could too. 

I finished medical school, adding another little to the bunch, and I matched into my number one program. One of the top OBGYN programs in the country. 

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These four years have flown by. I’ve delivered hundreds of babies, performed awesome surgeries, been able to present research at conferences, and teach medical students. Most times it’s tough, but sometimes it seems like a dream.

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I’m starting a new rotation this week after having 7 weeks of even better hours, less call, and even a vacation thrown in there. I have been living my best working mom life - school pick-ups, working out, making dinner (sometimes), and plenty of self care.

Like much of residency, the pendulum swings between lifestyle extremes and occasionally you get to hang out in the sweet spot. Things are going to shift in the other direction, but I’m ready to end this chapter strong. 

When you’re a doctor mom, your time at home can be scarce at times and is so precious. The last thing you want to do is spend it cleaning up messes. Efficiency is everything and Brawny® Pick-a-Size 8 Giant Plus is so clutch because it helps me keep things neat during snack time and has more sheets per roll - which means our weekly run to Wal-Mart is enough, and I can get back to what matters most - spending time with my kiddos. 

My nine year old asked me if that was me on the Brawny packaging. The fact that he thinks I'm cool enough to be on there makes this crazy life all worth it... 

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OK ladies! It's your turn. I want to hear about your own personal SHEro stories. Let's inspire some young girls and start a movement!

You can find the limited-time Strength Has No Gender™ pack available at Walmart. 

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January Happenings + LOTS of Pictures

Hey friends!

Ahhh! It's almost February! Here is a run-down of what we have been up to in January...

...we had a visit from some of our Michigan fam. Nate's mom, sister, and her boys came down for a week. Cousin time was on 100 and the kids were so happy!

...We got snowed in! I joke about the North Carolina "snow", but this was the real deal. MLK week we got a foot of snow overnight. Needless to say, everything shut down. The kids got a bonus week of school off, and of course, had a blast.

...I started a new rotation - I'm now on seven weeks of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.... Our official rotation hours at 7:30AM-5PM Monday through Friday, and I take my usual L&D chief call. Thursday is our OR day and we also get a lot of hands on ultrasound experience. It is a good mix of different GYN skills, and a great refresher to round out my PGY4 GYN blocks as I prepare for my written Boards in June (!!!).

The office is 10 minutes from home so that's an added bonus!

...I :finally: took Step 3. So glad that 17 HOUR EXAM is behind me. USMLE is trippin'... Anyway, prayers up! Natey turned 9! Since it's an odd year, we did not do a party (last year was skating). This year we took the kids to Marvel's Universe Show and went to eat at Nate's favorite restaurant - Red Robin LOL. I can't believe he is 9. Seriously, have I really been a parent that long?!

...Isabelle got glasses. After a vision screen at her Pediatrician, I skeptically took her to the Ophthalmologist and found out that she has astigmatism o_O. My heart goes out to all the parents who have children with serious health issues. I don't know how they do it. Between Nate's asthma and Isabelle's eczema and glasses, I am hot mess. I need to get it together.

She's handling this glasses things like a boss though. Such a big girl....

...I had another vacation (which I am currently still on). So far, I have baked cookies, cooked dinners, picked up and dropped off my kids, cleaned my house, handled all of my preventative care appointments, exercised all week, browsed Home Goods and Target with no plan or urgency, watched Good Morning America and The View - these are my goals ya'll. 

I'm so basic, but seriously. Best. Week. Ever. 

Our drives to school are full of good quality time haha

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Doctor Mommy Duty with the Exergen Temporal Thermometer

Last Winter was a tough one for our family - Natey got sick with the flu which led to a big asthma exacerbation, and he was out of school for over two weeks. It broke my heart to watch him not be his active, happy self, but thankfully he fought it off. 

This year, we are all armed with our flu shots and I have tried to better-equip us against this season's germs with vitamins and strict hand-washing!

We have had a few close calls, but thankfully, no flu. 

If symptoms arise, I also have this cool new toy to help surveillance the crew for any impending fevers...

The Exergen Temporal Thermometer is used in hospitals and doctors' offices as a less invasive way to take your temperature. It uses patented SmartGlow infrared heat technology to detect blood flow information from forehead vessels. Pretty cool!

Some features of the thermometer are: 
  • A softly illuminated display for easy reading in any light – perfect for checking the temperature of a sleeping infant in a darkened room
  • Beeping sound indicating scanning can be turned off or on to avoid waking a sleeping child
  • Automatically retains the last eight temperature readings for instant recall to check on fever progression
  • Ability to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius modes

My favorite feature is that you can take your child's temperature quickly and quietly without disrupting their sleep - or TV show like child pictured below... -_-

What are some ways you keep your family healthy during this cold and flu season?

You can find Exergen Products at local retail locations including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kroger and BJ’s, the Smart Glow thermometer’s suggested retail price is $49.99

***I was provided a thermometer for review, but was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.*** 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Last week I blogged for the first time in almost 6 months. It was definitely not an intentional hiatus, but the story behind it is long and too tiring to tell right now ;-) Summary: I have felt drained and "uninspired" to say the least.

I am on vacation (again) this week :insert praise dance: and the monumental tasks before me until January 16th are primarily work related - studying for Step 3 (no judgement please and thank you), Scheduling Chief loose ends, and working on my research. Then there is being a wife and a mom...

You know, the usual chaos...

I know it is how I’m wired, but in these rare moments I have a dramatic change in my life’s pace for the better, I don’t allow myself to rest until I know that I’ve done everything I should do.

But this time I am also going to prioritize my self preservation. I am going to "re-calibrate" as I continue moving towards the destination I set off on 10 years ago. I'm going back to Jasmine of 2010 and that "I don't have a choice, or a plan B, so I'm going to study for the MCAT with this baby on my book" hustle... 

We made it. 

Sunday night before bed, I was rapt in the buzz and historic significance of this year's Golden Globes. I know, I know, Step 3 procrastination at its finest, but still... 

If you haven’t already read about Oprah Winfrey’s speech, it was PHENOMENAL. If you have not watched it yet, watch it NOW: 

The next day The Internets were riding the President Oprah/Black Girl Magic wave and I was tagged in the following Instagram post from a fellow MD:

My parents immigrated here from Jamaica and with no doctors in my family, becoming a physician was a dream. Earning my MD has been a top accomplishment. Medical school was challenging and societal-perceptions in a male dominated world gave (and continue to give) a special nuance to my chosen profession (for me at least). 👩🏽‍⚕️. I wasn't prepared to hear: -"You're not smart enough" -"You don't look like a doctor" -"Where is the doctor?” -An expectation that I was not capable of performing above subpar -Frequently encountering patients who prefer to have a non-minority doctor. 👩🏽‍⚕️. I was not prepared for the fact that even with my white coat and badge (big old MD on it) people still assume I am not the physician. 👩🏽‍⚕️. For the up and coming women who face these challenges along with fear and doubt, I want you to know that if I can do it, you can too. You CAN defy the odds. Stand firm, keep your head high, believe in yourself and what you want. 👩🏽‍⚕️. I share this because while hanging out with @drlaurenpowell , we decided to tell our stories and encourage our fellow colleagues to share theirs about what it means to be a minority female in healthcare. So please post your story with a unique pic, using the tag #youngladywatching and share the love ❤️ by tagging someone else whos story needs to be heard! . #shareyourtruth #itcanhappen
A post shared by Dr.Kristamarie Collman MD (@docinmypark) on

It was the perfectly timed Instagram campaign, and I want to share my subsequent post with here too: 
At age 7, I decided I was going to be a doctor...

As the daughter of a surgeon, I saw it was hard work but I also saw the impact... As I got older, I realized what it would mean to also be a Black doctor... (Did you know only 4% of all doctors are Black?)  
I will never forget the story of my dad performing emergency surgery on a patient with swastikas tattooed all over their body. I then saw medicine as an unexpected olive branch. It was a way to break stereotypes AND walls, heal people physically AND mentally, and how I could add my piece to changing the world.  
This is an extreme example, but the implicit racism of day to day life can be overlooked. There are no words to describe the look a patient gives you when they are assessing your skin color and subsequently, your competency. It is a look I know too well. 
It makes you tired... 

But then there are also all the beaming faces when I introduce myself as "the doctor". The hugs from patients and their families when it's just us in the room. When they won't let me leave before saying "how proud" they are.  
It makes you push harder... 
I think about the women whose images I clung to when I felt like my plan of starting med school with a baby was impossible. 
It's one of the reasons why I started the blog.  

Because if you see it, you feel empowered to do it... 
White Coat Ceremony 2010

Match Day 2014

 For #theyoungladywatching...hang in there.  
This is so much bigger than you...  
Your story will be someone's motivation to keep going... 
Just. Keep. Going. 
God knew what I needed. Nothing gets you out of that "weary in well-doing" mindset than a little bit of reflection on how far you have come and a reminder of who is watching you... 

May we never allow ourselves to lose sight of this. And if we forget, here's to quickly getting re-inspired. 

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