Obstetrics and Gynecology(OBGYN)

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Obstetricians are doctors who specialize in pregnancy, birth, and caring for new mothers. Gynecologists are doctors who focus on the health of the female reproductive system. (Together, these doctors are usually referred to as OB/GYNs). They usually see the same patients on a regular basis.

Working conditions

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They constantly talk with patients, nurses, and other medical staff.
  • Always work indoors in clinics and hospitals.
  • Must be very exact in their work and be sure all details are complete. Errors or omissions could seriously endanger the health and safety of patients.
  • Usually work more than 40 hours per week

Yearly wages (pay)

Nationally, the mean wage for OB/GYNs is $214,750 per year. Wages vary by years of experience, area of the country, and hours worked. The doctor's skill, personality, and professional reputation also affect wages. Self-employed OB/GYNs generally earn more than those who are not self-employed.

Preparation

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • have a bachelor's degree;
  • graduate from medical school;
  • complete an internship;
  • pass a state licensing exam;
  • complete a residency program in obstetrics and gynecology; and
  • pass additional exams to become board certified.

5 important skills and abilities

  • Understand spoken information
  • Understand written information
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand
  • Listen to others and ask questions
  • Read and understand work-related materials
  • Write clearly so other people can understand

Recommended core classes and electives

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Computer Applications
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Foreign Language
  • Introduction to Health Care
  • Nursing
  • Safety and First Aid