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There is a question which patients frequently ask me. It tends to be just before the pap smear. For some reason, the patients have the same facial expression-with their brow furrowed. Patients ask me why I chose gynecology as a career. The answer is long and complex. I want to include the quick answer here.
I always knew that i would have livelihood which involved using my hands. When it was clear that i would not become a chef or artist, I needed to find a way to use my hands in medicine. Surgery was the answer. I wanted to put my hands on my patients and make them feel better. When i did my OB/GYN rotation at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and participated in my first delivery, I was hooked. I felt so much emotion as the attending, Dr Ricky Friedman delivered his patient. The father cried, the mother cried, and I cried in joy for this family. Ultimately, I learned that pelvic/ gyn surgery was the other half of obstetrics (delivering babies). I realized that my search was over. Women's healthcare including both obstetrics and gynecology was my passion.