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Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD
Dr. Afshar is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Los Angeles
Physicians and “natural birth”: The two can co-exist
Hospital births and obstetricians are not the enemies of low-intervention spontaneous vaginal delivery.
A New Year’s awakening: Life lessons from residency
Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, Contemporary OB/GYN's residency blogger, reveals her New Year's realizations and resolutions as she heads into 2015.
Is there a doctor on board?
Dr. Afshar recounts an experience with assisting a patient with a medical emergency while on a transatlantic flight.
The intangibles of medical training: No benchmark established
In this era of highly regulated medical training, most residency and fellowship programs establish rigorous educational objectives and procedural curricula for their trainees. Guided by the expectations set by ACOG and ABOG, Ob/Gyn training programs rely upon structured didactic sessions and guided reading recommendations to keep their residents in compliance with these benchmarks.
Focusing on the patient while under pressure
Dr. Afshar talks about the onslaught of information that the modern-day doctor faces and how to keep the focus on the patient.
“Doctor, what would you do?”
To make shared decision-making blossom, somebody needs to lead the discussion with carefully chosen words. I’m working on it.
Is the July phenomenon a myth? An ob/gyn resident speaks out
Come July 1st, thousands of newly minted interns with freshly pressed long white coats, but experience-green, flood the floors of teaching hospitals around the country. For most of the country July 1st means another glorious summer day of basking in the bliss of summertime sun. For the labor and delivery floor this is NOT the case.
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