How was your experience with Pak Chung at Weill Cornell Medical College?
In my earlier response, I described Dr Chung as a very compassionate and supportive doctor. He has great bedside manner, and he never rushed me along. He is very caring. He did a couple of the ultrasounds and his technique was gentle. I've had other doctors at Cornell perform the ultrasound and it just felt like they were jabbing me and causing discomfort, without any recognition that it was painful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Pak Chung at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Ask all your questions during the consult, he won't rush you. And he won't look at you like you're crazy.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Pak Chung at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Chung was very compassionate, did not rush me through our consult, answered all my questions and concerns, and really took the time to make me feel heard. He called me personally after the retrieval to give me an update, and also called me to provide status on the embryo development. When the cycle didn't work out, he was very empathetic and supportive.
Describe the protocols Pak Chung used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Follistim (300iu) daily and 150 Menopur, HCG trigger shot. Then progesterone shots after retrieval. We transferred 2 Day 3 embryos since they didn't look like they were going to make it to Day 5, so Dr Chung suggested we transfer at Day 3, hoping the embryos would be happier in the uterine environment since they weren't development as quickly as they should. Sadly, the embryos did not implant. The original goal was to do PGS testing on Day 5 embryos, but that didn't work out.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I can't remember her name, but she was very organized and straightforward. Very responsive to my phone calls and questions. Always received a phone call back within 2 -3 hours.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell has a lot of patients, so their volume everyday is high. The downside of having monitoring hours only from 6:30-9am means that the wait could be long. I tended to go on the later end of monitoring, closer to 9am, so my time there was about 20-30 minutes. There have been times I've waited close to an hour for monitoring. The clinic is clean, spacious, and well-run. If I needed to talk to billing, they would try to accommodate me while I was there. There is also a genetic counselor in the office. Cornell also closes down for a couple of weeks, two times a year, June and December. This is to recalibrate all their equipment.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
monitoring hours were from 6:30am - 9am. I had flexibility with my schedule so that allowed me to go later. the wait was about 20-30 minutes usually, with busy days up to an hour. i would prefer more flexible hours. the volume of patients here is so high that there are women waiting in line as early as 6am. The nurses call out your name when it's your turn, but the waiting area is so big, sometimes you can't hear them. And sometimes I was afraid to use the restroom in fear that I'd miss them calling my name.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Pak Chung at Weill Cornell Medical College.
approximate total for one round of IVF cost me about $22,000+. That includes medications which were around $5-6k. I was able to lower the estimated medication costs of $8K but receiving donations from friends that had unused medications. To use the hospital at NY Presbyterian (for retrievals and transfer) cost an additional $1100. The cycle itself cost about $10K, then additional fees for ICSI, embryo culture, egg freezing, and some other items I can't remember.