I may not be very good at statistics or ethics but stick a pregnant lady in front of me and I can tell you the position in which the baby is lying and find the fetal heart rate in under a minute! Being in the maternity outpatients on my last day of elective placement has been hectic to say the least. The department was incredibly busy which was good for me because I had lots of patients to see. Every time I went to reception, the tray holding the patient's notes was full and I would sprint to ensure I grabbed a clipboard before they were all picked up by the doctors on duty.
After gaining some tips from the consultants on ways to easily identify where the head of the baby was, I was soon confident in examining the pregnant abdomen. This meant that by the end of my time in the department, the doctors I worked with were happy for me to examine the ladies that presented to clinic with their consent whilst they wrote up the notes from the history. I was also able to have a play with the ultrasound machine and after a bit of teaching I was able to recognise some structures; rather that just see grains and lines…
As I did not have long left in the country, my elective supervisor felt sorry for me and let me go home in the afternoon after I got a precious signature on my elective feedback form. I am definitely a bit sad that it is my last day because I have had a lot of fun. I have been able to do a lot more than I thought I would. Especially as I assumed that the way medical students are treated in this hospital would be similar to the UK where a lot of restrictions are put in place. The patients I met have been absolutely lovely and keen to be a part of my learning.
I will be doing a summary post of my elective in the upcoming few days so keep a look out for that!