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Today marks THREE MONTHS until ON ROTATION comes out in the world! So let’s start that countdown with an intro! Meet my main character, third year medical student Angie Appiah.

Like many medical students, Angie has delayed much of her personal development in pursuit of her career, and it shows. (Anyone else’s medical school experience feel like high school 2.0?) My husband describes her as “exhausting” and says he would “never date her,” which is… fair. But in my opinion, Black Girls in real life and fiction hardly ever get the chance to grow and make mistakes without becoming the subject of derision, rarely get the chance to be anything other than “strong.” And becoming “strong” is a process for Girls Like Us, especially those of us in confidence-breaking professions like medicine. I wanted to take Angie through that journey, and you guys too!

Hoping it’s a fun ride, and I can’t WAIT for you guys to meet her. June 21 can’t come quick enough! (Check out my Reels to see the process!)

#onrotation #debutauthors #shirleneobuobi #blackauthors #blackwriters #bookstagram #booktok #blackbooktok #healthcareworkers #hcws #residency #cardiology #fellowship #wic #intern #internship #meded #doctor #womeninmedicine #blackdoctors #graphicmedicine #internalmedicine #medicine #medicalschool #medlife #md #medstudent #nurse #physician #webcomic

Confession: I was a huge grouch about my bridal shower/bachelorette. I’m exhausted. The effort of maintaining my relationships, creating my art (which I will never give up or cut out), and being a Cardiology fellow has left my battery on E. The besties knew this, because I reminded them every other day that, even though I was supposed to be looking forward to the weekend, I would much rather spend it paying off my sleep debt.

In spite of this , @linnliu and my lovely MIL put together the best showerette an exhausted cards fellow could have asked for. My girls who could make it traveled a considerable distance to spend one weekend in Tampa with me (shoutout to @sashiiimii_i , who literally flew in & left within 18 hours bc she was not gonna miss it, the twins & my girl Alyson, who have had my back for over a decade now!) My girls who couldn’t helped plan (@neftieboni made a banging playlist & helped with the decor) and sent champagne (@shrutipatel .) We watched flamenco dancers and ate delicious food and were merry. I even curled my hair for the first time in months! I feel incredibly cherished & loved. Get you a girl crew today, y’all !

#bridalshower #bachelorette #marriage #wedding #blackdoctors

It’s no secret that the first year of Cardiology fellowship has been difficult for me. I was warned that it would be more challenging than residency, but thought - how bad can it be? I wrote a book during residency, right? Survived the MICU during the first pandemic in a century? I can handle anything, right?

I was wrong. It’s been harder. The toll on my body has been immense. There have been times when I’ve actually thought -“ how am I supposed to sustain a pregnancy through this?” And the answer is : I’m not. A recent study by @drmarthagulati et al entitled, “Childbearing Among Women Cardiologists: The Interface of Experience, Impact, and the Law” shows in no uncertain terms what this field does to #wic #womenincardiology & how many, frankly, illegal practices we have to confront in our efforts to bear children while practicing in a field we gave 14 years of our lives to pursue.

I’ve thought often about quitting fellowship. I haven’t because I love cardiology, and frankly, I’m entitled. I think I should absolutely be able to “have my cake and eat it too.” I don’t think it’s fair that I’m expected to sacrifice my reproductive potential to make a hospital system money, or to avoid inconveniencing already overstretched colleagues. Not when my colleagues who don’t carry pregnancies don’t have to do the same. I believe that if I am recruited into a field, I should be supported in it too. And I think that physicians, who are well aware of the mental & physical health effects of sleep deprivation, long hours, and lack of reprieves, shouldn’t allow each other to put themselves at risk for a “calling”… or a job.

Dr. Gulati’s paper ends with solutions. I hope the Powers That Be are paying attention.

#healthcareworkers #hcws #residency #cardiology #fellowship #wic #intern #internship #meded #doctor #womeninmedicine #womensrights #internationalwomensday #pregnancy #childbirth #maternaloutcomes #blackdoctors #graphicmedicine #internalmedicine #medicine #medicalschool #medlife #md #medstudent #nurse #physician #webcomic

Thinking of all the medical students and prelims who find out whether they matched into residency tomorrow. The match process is harrowing. Know that whether or not you match says nothing about your capabilities as a physician- some of the best doctors I know did not match on Match day. Hold your head up!

#matchday #match #healthcareworkers #hcws #residency #cardiology #fellowship #wic #intern #internship #meded #doctor #womeninmedicine #blackdoctors #graphicmedicine #internalmedicine #medicine #medicalschool #medlife #md #medstudent #nurse #physician #webcomic

This comic is sponsored by the sunken cost fallacy. It should be sponsored by Big Pharma though, where y’all at, I have loans to pay and @anima.iris bags to buy

#wellness #antidepressants #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #healthcareworkers #hcws #residency #cardiology #fellowship #wic #intern #internship #meded #doctor #womeninmedicine #blackdoctors #graphicmedicine #internalmedicine #medicine #medicalschool #medlife #md #medstudent #nurse #physician #webcomic

Writing is my second job. Like medicine, traditional publishing is an opaque, confusing industry, and navigating it often felt like walking blindfolded through a maze. Thank goodness for my writing big sis @rissneilson (buy DEEP IN PROVIDENCE) or I would be constantly lost.

One of the scariest parts in the process was asking for blurbs to go on the book’s jacket. Essentially, I have to ask authors I have never met to spend their precious free time, time they could be using to, well, write more, to read my book and then write something it, for free. Because I said “pretty please.” Oh, and they have to do it on a deadline. I’m a complete newcomer into the writing world, & I’m not able to attend the conferences, panels, or be active in the slack groups where I could make potential connections because, well, my 1st job is mad demanding, so I often feel like the kid in the back of class no one talks to 😅😂. Needless to say, I was really nervous that no one was going to want to blurb my book.

But imagine my surprise / delight when not one, not two, but SIX authors I deeply admire actually answered my team’s calls! I’m still beside myself, and so very grateful. Sometimes, when I’m having a bad day, I pull up the doc with their blurbs just to lift my spirits.

I’m also so thankful for the authors who’ve opened up lines of communication to give me HOURS worth of guidance (esp you, @brendajanowitzwriter 💍) and shared my book on their feeds (I’m still flipping out about @alihazelwood 🥺!)

T-4 months until y’all can finally read ON ROTATION!

#authorsofinstagram #22debuts #blackauthors #writingcommunity #writers #traditionalpublishing #publishing #writersofig #writersofinstagram #bookstagram #booktok #onrotation

This is going viral on Twitter, so let me post it before somebody else does 😂- I think medicine, and male dominated specialties in particular, loves to valorize women / people who “do it all”- who hunch over surgical tables with 40week bellies, who are constantly available to take on more patients, more cases, more committees. I’m all for personal choice, but so often it feels like self sacrifice is considered a part of the gig.

Next month is Women’s Month, and instead of highlighting the women who give their entire lives to medicine, I would love to identify and highlight the ones who have prioritized life outside of healthcare and found balance. More info… when I’m done with consults.

#healthcareworkers #hcws #residency #cardiology #fellowship #wic #intern #internship #meded #doctor #womeninmedicine #blackdoctors #graphicmedicine #internalmedicine #medicine #medicalschool #medlife #md #medstudent #nurse #physician #webcomic

Yes I drew this during consults, do you know how intolerable I’d be right now if I didn’t squeeze out some creative output? Anyway a delicate circadian rhythm + cardiology fellowship are a potent combo, I am very sleep deprived, if you know me irl please forgive my inevitable sass

#healthcareworkers #hcws #residency #cardiology #fellowship #wic #intern #internship #meded #doctor #womeninmedicine #blackdoctors #graphicmedicine #internalmedicine #medicine #medicalschool #medlife #md #medstudent #nurse #physician #webcomic

Before I became a Cardiology fellow, I was an Internal Medicine resident with a primary care panel in South side Chicago. One cornerstone of my practice was screening for lung cancer, and in my three short years, many of my favorite patients were diagnosed with lung cancer. Lung cancer remains the #1 cancer killer among Americans, with Black Americans consistently having worse outcomes. While the last decade has seen incredible advancements in available therapies, Black Americans are still underrepresented in clinical trials (making up only 3.1% of participants.)

Recruiting a diverse set of research participants (by age, ethnicity, race, gender, etc) is important, because different therapies affect patients in different ways. Thus, representation in these trials leads to better, more fine-tuned therapies, better awareness of side effect profiles, and more information for clinicians to provide future patients. In addition, enrolling gives patients access to new, cutting edge treatments.

Click the link in my profile to learn more about the American Lung Association Association (@lungassociation) and clinical trials.

Would you be willing to participate in clinical research? Why or why not?

Thanks again to my homie @thestyleprescription for commissioning me for Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) boy ! I’m gonna let him tell you why he chose this field in his own words:

“1. I went into pediatrics of course for my love of kids - they are just so honest and so fun to talk to and you can’t really get mad at them for getting sick or not listening to you lol. Also I love having to know physiology from newborns to even adults especially for our patients who are adults who have congenital heart disease palliations or pediatric cancers.

  1. There are a fair amount of procedures from lines, to chest tubes, to intubations, etc. and I actually do love rounding and going into deep dives into physiology.

  2. Even though I find all the systems fascinating I was not interested in being a specialist of one organ system - I like being in the middle and asking my colleagues who are experts in those fields for help.”

Thanks for the wonderful insight, James! Designing PICU boy was tough- he has so many elements that are seen in other specialties! In keeping with that, I gave him one of the same weapons as Anesthesia girl (laryngoscope blade scythe) & the bronchi motif seen in IM & Pulm Crit girls. To highlight his Peds element, I gave him a spell circle that’s has vaccination runes, and added simple shapes to his cloak. I wanted him to be flashy but stylish!

(OBLIGATORY MAGICAL GIRLS ARE AVAILABLE VIA COMMISSION ONLY, FOR $500, WHENEVER I FEEL LIKE DOING THEM :) )

#medicalmagicalboy #medicalmagicalgirl #magicalboy #magicalgirl #anime #manga #picu #pediatrics #peds #intensivecare #resident #residency #womeninmedicine #blackdoctors #graphicmedicine #premed #premedmotivation #internalmedicine #medschool #medicine #medicalschool #healthcareworkers #md #medstudent #hcw #physician