Women's Health Texas – Austin

Dr. Escargaza was drawn to the diversity in ObGyn

Dr. Escargaza talks about the hands-on training she received early in her career and why teaching patients matters to her.

Video Transcript

0:02 – 0.17

I’m from Houston Texas, originally born and raised. I went away to college at Tulane University in New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina actually hit while I was finishing up college. So then I ended up in upstate New York very randomly at an engineering school called Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.



I finished my engineering degree there and realized that engineering really was not for me and I decided that I really had a passion for medicine. So I did a graduate program at University of North Texas in Fort Worth and finished my prereqs from school and got into medical school at Texas Tech in El Paso.



And that was an incredible experience.  El Paso is a really unique place to be trained and then I ended up back at home in Houston for a residency at Baylor College of Medicine. El Paso was a really interesting place to be trained because it’s a border town and so there are a lot of patients that have really interesting pathology that are coming over from the border to the United States to be treated.


1:03 -1:41

And so we saw really advanced cancers, lots of labor and delivery patients. It was very busy so as a medical student I got a lot of hands-on training really early on. What made me really decide that ObGyn was right for me was realizing that there was so much diversity to the practice. So in one day I could be seeing a teenager talking to her about birth control and safe sex practices and then running over to labor and delivery and delivering a baby to a brand-new family and then in the same day being back at clinic and speaking to a woman about her menopausal symptoms and then maybe the very next day doing a hysterectomy in the operating room.


1:42 – 2:14

And so I really liked that there was a lot of diversity to the practice. Early on I realized that I had a really true love for laparoscopic surgery and I think the very first hysterectomy I did was a defining moment to me that made me realize this was a really cool specialty and was really where I was supposed to be. We had a woman that had come in from another country in Africa and she was severely anemic and had a huge uterus she looked pregnant but was you know fifty years old and just had this huge fibroid uterus.


2:15 – 2:36

We ended up having to do a pretty emergent hysterectomy to get her bleeding to stop and I just remember you know doing the surgery and thinking this is incredible. I can’t believe that we’re taking this woman’s uterus and she’s no longer gonna have any bleeding and we’re really fixing her and I think that was really an incredible moment to help her.


2:37 – 3:04

My philosophy in patient care is really to work with patients on teaching. I really think that if I hadn’t gone into medicine I would have really enjoyed being a teacher. Teaching and learning the process of what’s going on helps patients feel really involved and like empowered that they’re in control of their own healthcare.