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Friday, March 29, 2019

What are the Different OBGYN Sub-Specialties?




My instagram post on this is waayy to long for a caption, so I put it in a blog post instead. 

After each description, I have some of the OBGYN docs and OBGYN sub-specialists I know on the instagram that like to share a little about what they do so you can go follow ;-) 

Generalist: Complete four years of OBGYN residency and then practice the breadth and depth of obstetrics and gynecology. They “do it all” and get to have long term relationships their patients throughout their life. General Specialists can make their practice their own, some focusing on GYN only, some focusing solely obstetrics, academic positions, community positions, it looks different for everyone and that is what makes it so cool! ex: @mamadoctorjones @storyofstyle @tcrosse_md @jessicashepherdmd @doctorfitandfab @neel_t_shah

Family Planning: Complete four years of OBGYN residency, then two additional years of training in research, clinical practice, and teaching in abortion and contraception. FP specialists may choose to practice both OB and GYN after fellowship. ex: @belligerant @doctor.gabby

Gynecologic Oncology: Complete four years of OBGYN residency, then three additional years of training in cancers of the female reproductive organs - ex: cervical, ovarian, uterine, fallopian tubes. This is a VERY intense surgical training.  Our GYN oncologists perform big tumor de-bulking surgeries, bowel surgeries if necessary, robotic surgery, and some times help us with cesarean hysterectomies. GYN Oncologists do not practice obstetrics. ex: @dollhouse8 @taracastizzle @g_monet_3

Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Complete four years of OBGYN residency, then three additional years of training in high risk obstetrics. This is what I post about all the time 😜. We take care of moms who get sick during pregnancy, fetuses with medical complications, and can be experts genetics, preterm birth prevention, ultrasound, and fetal surgery. We do not practice GYN (outside of routine stuff that may trickle into prenatal care) 🙌🏽 ex: me! @dralrahmani @fastingworkgirl

Minimally Invasive Surgery & Pelvic Pain: Complete four years of OBGYN residency, then two additional years of training in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and robotic surgery), treatments for endometriosis, and pelvic pain disorders. ex: @pelvicpaindoc

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility: Complete four years of OBGYN residency, then three additional years of training in the study of endocrinology related to the female reproductive system and amazing reproductive technology like IVF. ex: @NatalieCrawfordMD @roohi_jeelani_md

Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery: Complete four years of OBGYN residency, then three additional years of training in pelvic floor disorders and their surgical correction. This includes disorders of the lower urinary tract and rectum. ex: @emilyrwd 

📟Paging all my OBGYN docs and OBGYN sub-specialists! What do you love most about your job?!



Tagging some of my fav fellows and attending above xo 

If you guys know of some good OBGYN accounts, please tag/comment too!

ACOG Congressional Leadership Conference 2019

One of the things that has been very exciting about being a fellow is that I am continuously encouraged to pursue all of my academic interests. One of those is being vocal about marginalized and underserved populations not only from a social aspect but also most proximal to me in the realm of healthcare.

One such experience was attending the ACOG's Congressional Leadership Conference earlier this month as a sponsored Junior fellow. ACOG puts on this event every year and encourage everyone interfere to come to Washington DC for an intense two days of training and preparation for a day on Capitol Hill discussing some of the biggest legislation that pertains to our patients. It was like an intense study combining our knowledge of health equity, disparities, government, and current events.  

North Carolina docs in DC
This year, there were SEVEN HUNDRED OBGYN DOCTORS that traveled to DC to be advocates. ACOG's two big initiatives are making sure the government continues the work started last year to reduce maternal mortality in the United States, and also makesure that women remained insured and covered in their benefit plans.

UNC MFM Fellows!

An awesome talk on health equity by Dr. Allison Bryant

We heard from the US Attorney General, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, and many others who stood with us in our crusade for women's health.

I think that this might have been one of the most exciting, enjoyable and inspirational things that I have done this far as a physician. On the last day, I was able to sit in rooms with our legislator's Health Aides and speak face-to-face about my patient's stories that illustrated the importance and urgency of making sure that our politician's decisions reflect patients' needs.

Congressman GK Butterfield (my district!)
As an added bonus, one of my little bros happened to be in town then too, so we got to hang out and do a little sigh-seeing too!





The White House
Below are more of my favorite pictures from the weekend. Can't wait to do it again next year, but there is plenty more to do in the meantime! 

My sweet co-fellow Annie!

MFM Docs at the CLC!

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley 

US Attorney General Dr. Jerome Adams
My co-fellow Angelica 

I also got to meet some of my insta buddies! @mindfulofmed

NC docs outside one of our Health aid visits!

Congressman David Price


Congress



The Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Secondary Education is an Opportunity for ALL North Carolinians: Higher Education Foundation **Sponsored**


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HigherEdWorks #CollectiveBias



In 1990, my parents packed up my little brother and me (then ages 3 and 1) and our family moved from Detroit, Michigan, to Chicago, Illinois, so that my dad could start residency.


From my earliest childhood memories, our home served a dual purpose. It was our touch-stone as a family but was also a place that helped to support my dad’s marathon study sessions during medical school and residency.


Education was woven into our daily life, and even in our humble beginnings as a family, my parents instilled a desire to learn from an early age.


It is no surprise that at the age of 7, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. It’s what kept me in the enrichment and AP classes through high school. This drive fueled my own marathon study sessions in the Undergraduate Library in college, and it is what wouldn’t let me get off course despite that positive pregnancy test I stared at during my junior year.


At the end of the day, your education is something that cannot be taken from you. It is the great equalizer and it is something that my children have seen woven into their daily lives from birth. This came full circle for me when I finished medical school and packed up my own two children to move us to North Carolina for my residency training.


Although all jobs do not require a four year degree, most salaried jobs do require some secondary education, and all citizens deserve a chance to get one so that they too can provide for themselves and their families in a way that reflects the American dream. We are very fortunate to live in North Carolina, where there is a great lineup of schools that its residents (and out of state individuals) can attend to get a great education!


So when I was asked to partner with the Higher Education Works Foundation, I was ecstatic. The Higher Education Works Foundation wants North Carolinians to take advantage of our state’s awesome educational opportunities.


I was fortunate enough to receive a full tuition scholarship to a state college that afforded me not only the academic foundation to follow my dreams of being a doctor, but also exposed me to a more diverse community and world view. I hope that my children also seek higher education, and I will encourage them to strongly consider their state schools!


Getting postsecondary credentials from North Carolina’s public universities or community colleges has a far-reaching impact on all of society. It allows for social and upward mobility, improves the economic well-being of communities, and can change lives for generations, helping to break the cycle of poverty. Everyone does not have to want to be a doctor, like me, but if they want to get an education, they should be supported in doing so. 

Every year, it seems like our access to education is threatened for our most at-risk students. Did you know that North Carolina is one of three states that actually mandates in its constitution that all of its citizens should be provided with affordable higher education? Seriously, our state constitution reads: “The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of the University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.”


This is why I support the Higher Education Works Foundation in their belief (and actions) supporting the idea that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue higher education. It is our responsibility to keep the North Carolina higher education systems well-funded, affordable and accessible so that North Carolinians can get valuable higher education credentials. We must be diligent in our efforts because the future of our children’s educational opportunities depends on us! Because of this, it’s important for us to require our legislators to provide adequate financial support for our systems of higher education!


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Student Parent Survival Guide



Chronic exhaustion. ⠀
Anybody else having one of those days? 🙋🏾‍♀️⠀
Whether you work inside or outside of the home, being tired as a parent is a way of life. But, that is no excuse for not getting the job done, so we learn how to power through. 🏃🏾‍♀️⠀


Here are some of my quick tips for getting your work done with kids especially while in professional school:⠀
📝 get up early or stay up late: this one takes some time to train your body, but it’s worth it. The early morning is when I do my best work. It is quiet, I feel fresh, and there are no little humans running around.⠀
📝 Don’t wait for the perfect conditions to study: it may not always be the way you want it, but you can study anywhere, listening to podcasts in the car, perusing through your notes or QBank questions while you’re nursing, listening to lectures while making dinner, or while your kid plays the kiddie pool ;-) Time is a potential space and you can fill it creatively throughout the day with small bursts of studying for review - even with kids around. ⠀



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📝 use your village: when I knew that I had a week of exams at the end of the block, we would have little Nate stay with my mom or big Nate‘s mom during that time so that I could get some uninterrupted marathon studying in. And Little Nate would get grandparents’ time, so it was a win for everyone. ⠀
📝 use your space: when I was in medical school, we bought big sheets of clear plexiglass from the hardware store to put on our guestroom wall. It was my own dry erase board for writing out things that I wanted to memorize. This helped me to create a library-like space within my home so I didn’t feel so disconnected from the family.⠀


Those are my faves. You can find more tips on the med student page of my blog. 

You got this!⠀



📟 Paging all parents, share your productivity tips below!⠀

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Do More for Your Whole Mouth with Colgate Total! **Sponsored**

***This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DoMoreForYourWholeMouth #ColgatePartner #CollectiveBias***


As someone who spends their day providing care to others, I’ve always felt that when I come to work, I want to be able to greet everyone I meet with a smile. It is almost like a trademark. This sounds simple, but some days I work some looooong hours, and over the course of my day, I’m pretty sure I smile at least 100 times. That’s huge for me, because I feel that something a small as a smile is enough to make a person feel seen and valued.


I take this especially serious when it comes to my patients. First impressions are everything, and a warm smile helps to set them at ease, but also shows that they can have confidence in me as the doctor who will care for them and their baby. With all the talking that I have to do throughout the day, the last thing I would want is bad breath or plaque build up. And as an OB doctor, I definitely want all those newborn babies to see a vibrant smile when they make their debut. Smiles are so powerful and all Dr. Johnson’s babies deserve the very best!


Hover over the image below to shop!





So I want nothing but the best for my smile and cannot skimp on a quality toothpaste. So I make sure to head to Walmart to pick up Colgate TotalSF Advanced Whitening Toothpaste so that I can start my day with a smile that is fresh and vibrant for all the face time I have to do. And now with their NEW formula, Colgate TotalSF does more for your mouth. Not only does it have all the well known benefits of helping to prevent plaque, gingivitis, and tartar build up, with the NEW breakthrough formula, it also helps with tooth sensitivity, strengthening enamel, and freshening breath!

It is not just for my morning routine. It is also clutch for those times that duty calls me into the night, Colgate TotalSF (along with a fresh pair of socks, underwear, and deodorant) always makes it into my overnight bag for call. I may not always have time for a shower during my shift (sleeping can be hard to come by with three pagers and a phone), but it is amazing how refreshed you can feel after brushing your teeth!  






You can purchase Colgate TotalSF at your local Walmart!



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