Describe your experience with University of Illinois at Chicago.
Strengths :Dr. Zamah and cheaper ivf costs
Weaknesses: nurses can get so busy that they can misplace your paperwork, will make you retake bloodwork because of this.Unorganized, saying you need to bring in one more thing of paperwork but you already gave it a week ago. One particular nurse at this clinic is simply an idiot and no compassion at all.Ivf protocol:they dont put you to sleep during procedures and you will be awake n feeling every pain out there (unlike other ivf clinics).
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Im the type that asks too many questions and he gladly always answers all my questions and made sure i understand everything going on.my first ivf cycle with him was a success and when it was time to transfer to a reg dr he actually took the time to call me personally to congratulate me.my second cycle was unfortunately a chemical pregnancy/ miscarriage, and right after the ultrasound and bad news he took the time to talk to me right away even though he had dozens of patients waiting to talk to him/ have procedures done.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Karen has been wonderful.She also doesn't answering my 100 questions and makes sure i got everything i needed; my instructions, my calendar, my work note, and communicates well.super lucky to have her as my nurse considering theres another nurse there who is just awful and doesnt belong in an ivf clinic.This unnamed nurse was not pleasant at all when it came to rescheduling me for test, bloodwork, and ultrasounds due to not being able to miss work.This unnamed nurse gave me wrong information, but fortunately for me being a ivf pro, i caught her mistakes.I feel real bad for the person who eventually gets assaigned to this unnamed nurse.The clinic gets busy and you need to be proactive.question everything.double check everything.bring a copy of all your paperwork with you at every visit because they can lose your results, paperwork etc.your medications...make sure you tell them when you run out of something...ie progesterone.a friend of mine who went to uic ivf clinic, ran out of progesterone, her nurse forgot to tell her she needed to keep taking it.most of the staff are wonderful and pleasant.again...except unnamed nurse.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Lost paperwork
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to order appropriate test
- Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
- Lost results
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Musa Zamah?
Dr. Zamah may look young but he knows his stuff.He answers every question you can think of with a smile.He is compassionate:when I found out i was having a chemical pregnancy during an ultrasound i was very emotional, and when he found out he rushed to talk to me right away.He is very friendly and funny and makes you feel at ease with every appointment.Great bedside manner.I notice that whenever i need to do a procedure/ test, knowing it will be painful or awkward for me, he starts talking about random topics to try to distract me.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Musa Zamah?
His nurses at uic are really busy and are prone to making mistakes.
Describe the protocols Musa Zamah used in your cycles and their degree of success.
My first cycle with dr zamah, he just copied my protocol from a previous ivf cycle with a different dr.It was a fresh ivf cycle.Birth control.lupron.progesterone, although he tweaked it so i wouldn't get my ovaries enlarged (forgot technical word), which happened to me with previous dr.Transfered one 5day blast and was successful. Second cycle with dr zamah was a frozen cycle.embryos i had made with previous dr about 4 years ago; chemical and eventually a miscarriage.Im currently on my 3rd cycle with dr zamah (4th ivf try).frozen cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Musa Zamah.
I had insurance so my situation will be diffrent from others with no insurance.I do know ivf costs here are much more affordable considering they only do a few procedures (one specific week per month).