The O&G Wards

As mentioned before, the Orange and Red wards are on the 1st floor while the Green and Yellow wards are on the 2nd floor. As each of you will be assigned to one of the wards, it is your duty to at least cover the beds in your own wards. As there would be a smaller group in each ward, you can divide the beds among yourselves (About 26 beds in each ward). However, each bed tend to cater for similar cases, for example, post-labor, obstetrics complications, gynecology cases, and some patient may even stay there for months due to multiple pregancies, placenta previa, cervical incompetence, etc. Therefore, appoint a leader in the wards and make pre-arrangements to alternate the beds, or you can just switch with your colleagues so that you would be able to learn more about other O&G conditions. Most of the time, there would be at least 1 student round in a week, where medical students have to present to the specialist and consultant doctors, so be sure to take history from the patient the day before. Most of the time, you will only be spared from presenting if the patient is admitted after 7.30am on the day of student rounds. So, remember to come early!

There is also a tutorial room in each ward, although Orange and Red wards share a common tutorial room. This is where you may want to refer to your books and revise. Sometimes, consultant or specialist ward rounds are held in the tutorial room too. However, remember not to spend all your time in the tutorial room to read, as the wards is a larger textbook for you to learn from. Reading can wait in your room if you want to finish the whole chapter, as you might realize that some doctors may dislike the habit of medical students lingering in the tutorial room.

Apart from your rounds, the wards is the best place to practice physical examination as well. As O&G is the only posting you get to palpate the fetus in pregnant moms, palpate as many as possible to have a feel. Appreciate your time there as after that two months, the next time you return to the O&G posting will be your final year, which you are expected to be proficient in it! Of course, never forget about manners and your professional ethics. Sometimes pregnant moms can get too tired when too many people take history from them or palpate their “babies”. They need rest too, and do not be offended if you are rejected. For the free time, you can help the doctors and nurses by doing venupunture, medicine dispensing, and recording vital signs of the patient (BP, pulse rate, temperature,etc) as well as the fetal heart rate(get to know the tools used) if it is a pregnant mother.

Of course, you can go to other O&G wards to take history or examine patients as not all the cases are available in each ward. This is where it is good to build rapport with your friends from other O&G wards so that they can inform you if there are any interesting cases. Try not to approach the patient in too big a group. Remember, be polite and empathize your patients. A pregnant mother can be the happiest person on earth, but don’t push over the tolerance limit.

Other venues:
  1. O&G Department Office
  2. O&G Clinics
  3. O&G Wards
  4. The Labor Ward
  5. O&G Operating Theatre
  6. First Stage Ward
  7. OGAC (Obs and Gybe Admission Center)
  8. Colposcopy room

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