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Maybe a Baby Panels, 2011-2016

The UWSOM has hosted an annual panel event called “Maybe A Baby?” in which current students, partners of students, interns, and residents in the UWSOM program answer questions about being pregnant and parenting during their medical training. The following questions, asked in different ways, have been the focus of the panels’ discussions:

  • As a pregnant student or new parent, how well supported did you feel by the UWSOM administration?
  • How does it work to take time off in the curriculum or expand the curriculum?
  • Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in my medical training?
  • How can I be a both a parent and a medical student? How do you manage your time?
  • What is it like to be pregnant or parenting in medical school?
  • What are the financial considerations I need to make? What do you do about child care?
  • What role does your partner or family members play in parenting while in medical school?
  • How might having a baby in medical school affect my career path or specialty choice?
  • How do residency programs handle residents who have babies?

Rather than wait for a yearly panel event to take place, we are distributing the recorded videos as a resource for students who are thinking about pregnancy. We took the four most recent recordings of the panel discussions and identified the clips when a panelist articulated their answer particularly well, thus offering helpful insights for other students to hear. We edited the videos to only show these “highlights”, which you can find in this document. We will continue to do the in-person panel events to add content to this resource, but they will be held less frequently.

By viewing these videos, we hope that students can glean wisdom from the pregnant and parenting UWSOM students who have gone before them. There are many different viewpoints portrayed by the panelists, so watching all four highlight videos will help each student understand the individual nuances in the many decisions each student makes when they are thinking…”Maybe a Baby?”

2011 “Maybe A Baby” Panel

Link to watch: https://mediasite.hs.washington.edu/Mediasite/Play/399bb5e3fdb64f6d8e3a3afdbf047ef11d

Please note: This video was unable to be “clipped” so you can either watch it in full, or scroll to the highlights, as indicated in the chart below. Some policies mentioned in the non-highlighted sections may be outdated.

2011 Panelists:

  • Hailey – MS4, has a 7 week old son
  • Sierra – Expanded in MS2 and MS4 years, has a 3 year old and currently pregnant
  • Brian – MS4, father of 3 children
  • Megan – MS1/MS2, had a baby during MS1
  • Katie – MS4, took year off between MS3 and MS4 to have a baby
  • Brooks – MS4, father of 15 month old
Video clip time Questions covered in this segment:
3:02-3:27 Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?
8:10-8:53 Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?
9:32-12:00 Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?
12:52-13:57 Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?
17:36-18:04 What role does your partner or family members play in parenting while in medical school?
21:09-22:30 How does it work to take time off in the curriculum or expand the curriculum?
32:30-34:46 What’s it like, in general, to be pregnant or parenting in medical school?
35:25-36:18 How do residency programs handle residents who have babies?
37:07-38:02 How do residency programs handle residents who have babies?
39:15-40:34 How do residency programs handle residents who have babies?
43:06-43:22 What’s it like, in general, to be pregnant or parenting in medical school?
43:30-44:02 What role does your partner or family members play in parenting while in medical school?
46:45-49:05 What role does your partner or family members play in parenting while in medical school?
1:09:27-9:52 How does it work to take time off in the curriculum or expand the curriculum?
1:12:40-1:13:06 How well supported did you feel by the UWSOM administration?
Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?

2014 “Maybe A Baby” Panel

Link to watch: https://mediasite.hs.washington.edu/Mediasite/Play/7e886aec523e4777be29cf80699e64ca1d

2014 Panelists:

  • Casey – MS2, father of 1 year old
  • Rachel – MS4, expanded her fourth year
  • Matt – MS1, father of 4 month old
  • Anne Eacker – Associate Dean, 14 year old twins who she had in residency
  • Joy – MS2, has a 1 year old
  • Nina – MS4, has an 8 month old
Video clip time Questions covered in this segment:
00:00-1:27 Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?
1:27-2:30 How does it work to take time off in the curriculum or expand the curriculum?
What are the financial considerations I need to make?
2:30-3:53 How can I be a both a parent and a medical student? How do you manage your time?
3:53-4:33 What’s it like, in general, to be pregnant or parenting in medical school?
4:33-5:25 How does it work to take time off in the curriculum or expand the curriculum?
5:25-6:49 What are the financial considerations I need to make in terms of child care?
6:50-7:43 What role does your partner or family members play in parenting while in medical school?
7:44-8:59 What’s it like, in general, to be pregnant or parenting in medical school?
9:00-10:45 What role does your partner or family members play in parenting while in medical school?
10:45-11:54 How can I be a both a parent and a medical student? How do you manage your time?
11:45-13:05 How well supported did you feel by the UWSOM administration?
13:06-14:18 How does it work to take time off in the curriculum or expand the curriculum?

2015 “Maybe A Baby” Panel

Link to watch: https://mediasite.hs.washington.edu/Mediasite/Play/aed75ca068b04d6eb248019c1ec080aa1d

2015 Panelists:

  • Anders – MS2, father of 6 month old
  • Rachel – Intern, had baby in MS4 year and expanded, child is now 2 years old
  • Tiffany – Pulmonologist, had a child during MS4 and also between Internship and R2, took a year off for her second child
  • Andrew – Nocturnist, wife is OBGYN resident, who had a baby in her MS4 year
  • Sarah –MS4 who matched in Pediatrics, mother of 5 month old, did not expand or take time off
Video clip time Questions covered in this segment:
00:00-0:43 How well supported did you feel by the UWSOM administration?
0:44-2:41 How do residency programs handle residents who have babies?
2:42-4:32 How well supported did you feel by the UWSOM administration?
4:33-11:59 What are the financial considerations I need to make in terms of having a child and paying for child care?
12:00-12:54 How might having a baby in medical school affect my career path or specialty choice?
12:55-15:11 How might having a baby in medical school affect my career path or specialty choice? How do residency programs handle residents who have babies?
15:12-16:48 How might having a baby in medical school affect my career path or specialty choice?
16:49-17:48 How might having a baby in medical school affect my career path or specialty choice? How do residency programs handle residents who have babies?
17:49-18:59 Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?
19:00-25:08 What role does your partner or family members play in parenting while in medical school?
25:09-26:32 What’s it like, in general, to be pregnant or parenting in medical school?
26:32-26:54 Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?

2016 “Maybe A Baby” Panel

Link to watch: https://mediasite.hs.washington.edu/Mediasite/Play/5bf9a4268ea244938e2160037340ee5f1d

2016 Panelists:

  • Jennifer – R3 Family Medicine, son is 2 years old, had her son in beginning of Intern year, currently pregnant
  • Heather – MS4, expanded during her fourth year, going into PM&R, son is 10 weeks
  • Jeff – MS2, father of 5-week old and 21 month-old
  • Anne Eacker – Associate Dean, had twins during residency
  • Maya – MS4, pregnant during residency interviews, going into PM&R
Video clip time Questions covered in this segment:
00:00-1:34 How does it work to take time off in the curriculum or expand the curriculum?
1:35-2:21 How can I be both a parent and a medical student?
2:22-4:51 Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?
4:52-6:41 How does it work to take time off in the curriculum or expand the curriculum?
6:42-7:08 What’s it like to be pregnant or parenting in medical school?
7:09-7:52 Pregnancies are hard to plan, but is there an “ideal time” to be pregnant in medical school?
7:53-8:37 How well supported did you feel by the UWSOM administration?
8:38-9:10 What are the financial considerations I need to make in terms of taking time off?
9:11-10:25 What’s it like to be pregnant or parenting in medical school?
10:26-13:49 How does it work to take time off in the curriculum or expand the curriculum?
13:50-17:09 What role does your partner or family members play in parenting while in medical school?
17:10-19:53 What are the financial considerations I need to make in terms of having a child and paying for child care?
How do residency programs handle residents who have babies?