There are a lot of differences between Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) and other medical rotations which can be daunting for junior doctors. Skills to achieve in an O&G term will depend on each individual – for budding GPs, learning about antenatal and postnatal care is important. This is the first in a 3 part podcast series on the essential skills a junior doctor should aim to achieve during an O&G rotation.
Summary Writer: Joshua Brousse de Gersigny
Script Writers: Rebecca Taylor and Jane McDonnell
Editors: Rebecca Taylor and Jane McDonnell
Interviewee: Rebecca Taylor
Interviewer: Jane McDonnell
Dr Rebecca (Becky) Taylor is a 6th year O&G trainee. Originally hailing from the UK, she trained at the University of Edinburgh where she also completed her internship and residency, before moving to Australia. She undertook her basic O&G training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Rebecca is currently undertaking a two year Gynaecology Fellowship at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. When Becky’s not knee-deep in amniotic fluid she is a keen swimmer and free diver, a terrible cook and married to an anaesthetist she met at a Cat One Caesarean.
Dr Jane McDonnell is an Obstetrics & Gynaecology Registrar based in Sydney. She completed her medical degree at The University of Notre Dame after completing a Bachelor of Medical Science from The University of Sydney. Jane has a Masters in Public Health from the University of New South Wales and has completed an internship at the World Health Organisation in Geneva. In 2019, she was awarded the JMO Teacher of the Year at Royal North Shore Hospital. Jane is interested in women’s and refugee health, teaching and research. Outside of medicine, she enjoys running and sudoku.
With Dr Rebecca Taylor, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Fellow and Dr Jane McDonnell, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Registrar, based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
There are a lot of differences between Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) and other medical rotations which can be daunting for junior doctors. Skills to achieve in an O&G term will depend on each individual – for budding GPs, learning about antenatal and postnatal care is important. For future GP-Obstetricians, the rotation is an opportunity to develop skills in perineal suturing and normal vaginal deliveries. According to junior doctors, some of the essential skills to achieve include initial assessment of the sick pregnant woman, cannulation, and the post-natal assessment. This is the first in a three-part series. Listen to the other podcasts for discussions on prescribing common medications in O&G and assisting in a Caesarean section.
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