How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I went to Dr. Davis because of his reputation as a researcher, which is impeccable. However, he has so many patients that our interactions were very brief. By my third cycle I felt like he had lost interest in my case. During my fourth cycle - a protocol that I requested - I neither saw nor spoke to him once.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Go prepared to ask a lot of questions, and do not expect hand holding. I thought I didn't need personalized attention if I was seeing someone with incredible research chops, but discovered that this is a more emotional process than I realized.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Cornell is a large cattle-call practice. I was monitored by a different attending almost every time. I didn't have a consistent nurse. I felt like my treatment plans were by the numbers, rather than tailored to me specifically, and I had real problems with pain management after egg retrieval. Over two years, they never even pronounced my name correctly. It wasn't great.
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
3 IUI with Clomid, no success. One IVF cycle with estrogen priming and high doses of Follistim and Menopur, canceled due to nonresponse. One IVF cycle with estrogen priming, Clomid, and low doses of Follistim and Menopur, resulting in 3 day 3 fresh embryos transferred, no success. One IVF with estrogen priming, Clomid, low doses of Follistim and Menopur, plus endometrial co-culture, which was painful and not covered by insurance, 4 day 3 fresh embryos transferred, no success. One IVF with estrogen priming and Lupron flare (my request), 2 day 3 fresh embryos transferred, no success.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I had a different nurse every time, so it's hard to say. Once I had to request a different phlebotomist because she was having so much trouble taking my blood. Honestly, my experience with them wasn't great.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell has a research profile and reputation that is nearly unmatched, as far as I can tell. And I know colleagues who have found success there. But I experienced it as a large, impersonal practice, which very little investment in whether or not I personally had a successful outcome. At the beginning of this process I thought I didn't need compassionate care if the research chops were there, but over time and repeated failures my needs changed, and I completed treatment elsewhere.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was a cattle call with a line around the corner. I regularly waited at least an hour, and once was forgotten in an examining room waiting for an ultrasound.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I had insurance coverage. My out of pocket expenses were $1000 for endometrial co-culture, several trigger shots, and misc.
Describe Owen Davis's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Davis was a strong proponent of fresh day 3 transfers, and one time we transferred 4 of them, which made me pretty nervous. He felt that embryos had a better chance of success in a woman's body than in a petri dish. I ultimately had success with a fresh day 3 transfer with another doctor.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Failed to send your chart to another clinic
- Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I had a real problem with pain management after egg retrieval. I gather that my body is unusually sensitive, as most people don't experience this level, but I was in excruciating pain for 24 hours after each retrieval, and did not feel that the clinic took my pain seriously until my final cycle, and that was after speaking with four different people.