New York magazine has released a preview of its annual medical exam, which it’s calling the “Virginia Mason Gynecology Annual Exam.”
The website’s “New York” section features photos of the doctor, nurse practitioner and medical examiner, along with an accompanying bio and description of their job.
“They do the best thing that they know how to do,” says Dr. John O’Connell, a professor of medicine at Columbia University.
“And that is to take the time to make sure that you’re really comfortable and that your body is feeling great and that you are being treated appropriately.”
The medical exam is conducted by a certified nurse-midwife.
It costs $225.
“It’s one of the most beautiful things you can do,” O’Connor says.
“You don’t have to pay $2,000 to get it.”
The site also includes a video of a live patient, which is supposed to be a preview.
“If you have an open wound, you have to go into a room and they put a bandage on the bandage, they put an antibiotic on the antibiotic,” O,Connell says.
The nurse- midwife is supposed, in the video, to put the patient’s temperature, pulse and blood pressure, then give the patient an ultrasound to make an appointment for a test.
The patient is then allowed to leave.
“The idea of having an ultrasound of the entire abdomen, the entire chest area, is a really powerful and powerful thing,” O’,Connell says, adding that the nurse- and doctor-prescribed tests, such as Pap smears, have the potential to be life-saving.
“We have a problem in the United States that we’re really not aware of, which has been the most dangerous area of our lives,” O says.
He adds that the exam is “the first step” in getting to a “healthy” patient, who can then be treated with the right care.