Are We Measuring Correctly? | Erin Stevens, MD
Metrics are becoming very important in the treatment of cancer. As physicians, we want to know that all patients are being given the correct treatments for their disease. We can measure this by using databases and codes. Nationwide, we use these metrics as a way to tell us how far we have to go get all patients to receive the standard of care. We also have metrics on end of life care and things we should avoid with our cancer patients, including hospital admissions and chemotherapy in the last two weeks of life. But sometimes numbers do not tell the whole story.
Saying Thanks | Erin Stevens, MD
The time comes every June and July when the graduating fellows leave and the new fellows start their subspecialty training. Graduation is not something unfamiliar at this point in our careers. We’ve done high school, college, medical school, and residency graduation in the preceding 16 or so years of our lives. We’re old hat at graduating. But outside of the pomp and circumstance that surrounds our departure from training, it is also a time to say thank you and good-bye.
Of Mice and Men: The Language of Medicine | Erin Stevens, MD
My third year of fellowship is my research year. Whereas I long to go back to the clinical service and talk to patients, my current patients are mice. My mice are housed on the ninth floor of the basic science building in the Department of Laboratory Animal Research, or DLAR. Over two months ago, I gave a small cohort of them ovarian cancer. I go every day to weigh them and see if they’re growing tumors. So far, it has worked in about half of them – suffice it to say I’m definitely better cut out for the clinical side of gynecologic oncology. Due to construction, the direct elevators to the DLAR have been out of service for months. You either have to take the stairs up nine flights or cut through the construction site. I usually choose the latter.
A Seat at the Big Table | Erin Stevens, MD
The first Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) meeting I went to was in January 2011, my first year of fellowship. The January meeting is in sunny San Diego, which was a stark contrast to the bleak winter New York City had that year. I was eager for a break from the clinical service and looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about the clinical trials I had been enrolling patients into for the last six months. I had attended many educational meetings before, but the SGO Annual Meeting is very different from the GOG Semi-Annual meeting.
Being a Fellow in the Era of Facebook | Erin Stevens, MD
“I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
It all started on the interview trail. Someone started a Facebook group to keep everyone in touch though the interview process. Who was going to be at what interview, sharing hotel rooms, all the while quietly calculating where you think you fit in the grand scheme of things.
Off to the SGO Annual Meeting! | Erin Stevens, MD
As I write this, I’m packing for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Los Angeles, CA. I’m packing at the last minute, not because I’m not excited about the upcoming meeting – I always look forward seeing my friends and colleagues, learning about the newest research and taking in some nicer weather. I just don’t like packing. But in the wee hours of Friday morning, I’ll meet up with my former senior fellow Tana Shah Pradhan, DO, at the airport and we’ll head from the city that never sleeps to the home of glitz and glamour for the next five days.
A Letter to My Patients: Promises Part 2 | Erin Stevens, MD
This is Part 2 of an excerpt of a speech I gave at the Stony Brook University Hospital’s Gynecologic Oncology Candlelight Ceremony in September 2012.
I promise to remember who my patients are. My patients are women, just like myself. And women spend most of their lives nurturing those around them, putting others first. This makes cancer a very humbling disease. Being diagnosed with cancer means reaching out to others nurturing while you are putting yourself first. It is a time when you must be at least a little selfish, which is extraordinarily difficult for most women.
A Letter to My Patients: Promises Part 1 | Erin Stevens, MD
This is Part 1 of an excerpt of a speech I gave at the Stony Brook University Hospital’s Gynecologic Oncology Candlelight Ceremony in September 2012.
Sure, I’m only a fellow. But what that means to me is that I am part of the future of the field of gynecologic oncology. I was one of the 43 people that was chosen my year to be a gyn onc fellow. I have hopes and dreams for what my career will be like. But mostly, what I have now are some promises.