It was the end of the day and we were running late, as usual. The last appointment had just checked in. I looked at the schedule:
“New gyne consult. 5 weeks, 6 days. Requests TA.”
My preceptor got a little nervous and without making eye contact with me said, “I don’t know where you stand with these things, but you’re more than welcome to go home now if you’d like.”
Where I stand?
She wants a TA. For whatever reason, she can’t be pregnant right now. She came here and sat in a waiting room to get the same care everyone else here got today. Regardless of where I stand, she deserves my time and attention.
I didn’t go home.
And, this is how med students learn about abortion.