Five Question Friday: Dr. Rachel Miller

It’s Five Question Friday again when we help you get to know our staff better. Today, we’re talking to Dr. Rachel Miller, a pediatric gynecologist. She’s worked at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota since September 2008.

Why did you go into pediatric and adolescent gynecology?

During medical school and residency, I really liked working with adolescents and young women because they were a group with potential for very high risk decisions and ripe for preventive health. However, they were a relatively “lost” age group in that neither general pediatricians nor adult obstetrician-gynecologists seemed all that comfortable with their specific reproductive health needs. As I got further into my training, I subsequently found that pediatric gynecologic complaints were even more of a conundrum for most clinicians. Pediatric and adolescent gynecology is a growing sub-specialty usually found at large children’s hospitals so I knew that I would have an opportunity to work in a friendly atmosphere.

What are some of the conditions you treat? I treat a range of conditions. Some of them include: abnormal development of the reproductive structures, delayed puberty, endometriosis, menstrual problems, ovarian cysts and sexually transmitted infections. You can find more information here.

What is a “typical” day like for you at Children’s? I spend the majority of my days in one of three clinics seeing patients from birth to 22 years old. I also may have to see a patient in the hospital/emergency department or perform gynecologic surgery. And as medical director, I attend several administrative meetings each month. Each day usually starts between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and I try to be home by 6:30 p.m.

Do you have a favorite memory from working at Children’s? One of my favorite moments was when a young patient of mine in pre-op asked if she could come back tomorrow because she was having so much fun.

What do you love most about your job? The most satisfying part of my job is counseling adolescents on healthy choices and then seeing them in follow-up to find that they are doing just that.

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