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The Challenges of Dual Degrees

There are two other students who started the dual degree program with me last year.  One is also an FNM student, but she is starting her clinical courses this semester (1 year behind me). The other is women’s health, so she completed her clinical courses over the summer. Honestly, balancing the two programs is starting […]

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Aug 30th, 2011 Training

Working the system

Classes begin today.  This is my first semester in residence at the public health school which means in addition to the nursing courses I need to take to finish, I am taking a full course-load of public health.  I am also preparing for my thesis and my practicum.  So much to think about, but some […]

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Meeting the new midwives

The school of public health arranges a luncheon for all the dual degree candidates each fall.  It allows those of us from different programs to meet each other.  By far, the largest number of dual degree candidates is from the medical school (they have 26 this year), and most of them are in the epidemiology department.  But there are […]

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Another Semester

School starts tomorrow.  I’m really looking forward to this semester.  Not only do I get to take a lactation course and an issues in women’s health, I am also taking some fabulous classes over at the school of public health.  I start my epidemiology training this semester, am taking a course on access to healthcare and […]

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Aug 23rd, 2011 Training

Obstetrics in remote settings

I was giving a great gift from a wonderful friend.  She has volunteered with MSF for the last few years and so had two copies of their publication Obstetrics in remote settings. Her second copy is now mine. Basically, this is the text they use to orient new workers to field obstetrics. It reminds me […]

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Raiding my bookshelf

A friend and colleague recently visited with the intention of discovering what pregnancy and childbirth books I think are important. I explained that I have given away most of my books already, and that what is left is not really consumer materials but midwifery level.  That was fine with her, she wanted to know what I books […]

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School Year Starts

My children returned to school this past week, and I will begin my orientation to the school of public health this week.  August seems to early for fall, but what can I do. Already it seems too cool to swim in the evenings (we get spoiled by the warm weather of the summer so the […]

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My Midwifery Heart

I am back from Nairobi, which was an amazingly eye-opening experience.  Check out the Birth in Central Africa blog for highlights and photos from the trip. I took my last final exam of the semester and will be using the next week to get the business back in order before I dive into more school […]

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Arriving Home

We were up early to check in at the airport and had enough time left over for a cup of coffee before we needed to board. But the representative from Kenya air couldn’t give us boarding passes for the Amsterdam leg of our journey, and the Java House was out of coffee. We sat quietly […]

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Packing to Leave

We are counting the hours until a taxi comes to collect us.  Our bags are packed, and Tammy’s looks to be OK even as it bulges at the seams. I’m sure all my clothing will smell like the coffee beans packed under my dirty clothes when I return home Good thing I like that smell. […]

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