Assume the Position: Memoirs of an Obstetrician Gynecologist will place the listener in the shoes of an obstetrician and gynecologist with years of clinical experience and training. It will also place the listener in the same stirrups as patients in my office, listening to the trials, tribulations, joys, and fears expressed to me. All women wonder what other women experience when they see their ob-gyn physicians. All men wonder what their girlfriends or wives will be subjected to when exposed in front of their "gynos". The stresses and strains of a busy professional life on an obstetrician gynecologist are revealed in intimate, true detail.
The story begins after early retirement from one of the busiest group practices in Phoenix, Arizona, and a move to the beautiful high alpine ski town of Telluride, Colorado, after an ultimatum from my wife. From there the story continues to the depths of Africa to explore women's health care in a small country with some of the worst obstetrical and neonatal outcomes in the world. Timely topics subsequently discussed include office life, operating room experiences, the medical malpractice crisis, abortion, the family life of an obstetrician, labor and delivery, nightlife, the business of medicine, Obamacare, managed care, and life after private practice. Each chapter is punctuated with true, unfiltered vignettes, laughable, joyful, fearful, and tearful, that can only be found in the life of an ob-gyn physician as he goes throughout his day.
I am an actively licensed, American Board-certified obstetrician gynecologist. A graduate of Princeton University, I was trained at two of the top medical institutions in Philadelphia, after which my wife and I picked up our East Coast roots and moved to begin anew in the desert of Arizona. After 21 years of private practice, involved in all aspects of practice management and women's health care and research, I chose to leave it all behind and begin a second career.
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