You've all heard of speed dating where you have just so much time to meet and greet someone and then you're off to another within a very short period of time?
I just completed my very first version of the speed Pap the other day. Our company offers a service to the women in the community of a $5.00 pap smear once every 3-4 months. Any woman qualifies on a first come, first serve basis. The cost covers the exam and the testing. The women don't have to be official patients.
The process is fast with just a cervical or vaginal sample taken and not much conversation. "Nice to meet you! May I see your cervix please? The test results will come to you in the mail in 1-2 weeks." and off to the next one.
I have to admit that it was strange for me because I'm used to taking my time and palpating everything and getting to know the patients. I did 17 in the first hour! It ran from 1-4 and I did a total of 26 paps. Once I got into the groove, it was actually fun! The women all understood that it would be a VERY limited exam and that we are just looking for abnormal vaginal or cervical cells during this visit.
Some of these women had not had a Pap in 10 + years. I only hope that everything comes back okay on the results. I'm really glad that I am able to provide the service to many underserved women in my community.
So, I was at your cervix ladies and I hope that I was of service to you all!