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Name: Alexandra (Alexi) Millman
Title & Department: Clinical Associate, Urology
On the WCH team for: Transition Related Surgery
1. What does your typical workday look like?
Depends on the day. Mondays are typically our OR day for the transition-related surgery (TRS) program. I arrive at the hospital at 7:30 to see the patient, answer any questions, and obtain final informed consent for surgery. Along with my whole surgical team, we are in the OR by 8 for about five hours preforming a vaginoplasty. We will often do another small case after this, for example a transition-related orchiectomy, finishing up in the OR by 3:30. We check on the patient again before heading out for the day.
Other days are a mix of activities. Tuesday mornings from 8-12 is our TRS lower surgery clinic. In the afternoon I often work on research and attend team meetings.
2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?
The environment at WCH is unbeatable. Staff at all levels are enthusiastic, respectful, and patient centered. I love the commitment to equity and the innovative programs being offered here.
3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?
We try our very best to have a welcoming, patient-centered team. Many patients are waiting a long time for their initial consultation and then for surgery, so we make sure to spend time giving thorough explanations of what to expect and answering any questions they may have.
4. Tell us one to three things that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you!
I think I’m a bit of an open book and my colleagues already know all my secrets! A few funny anecdotes though. I once went on a kayaking trip and forgot a sleeping bag! Had to share with a friend for the whole week. I learned to Scuba Dive while living in Scotland for a year; it was just a little cold.