OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS

Grace Renshaw

Overview

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

  • Always work indoors in clinics and hospitals.
  • Often wear a special uniform, such as a white jacket.
  • Are exposed daily to the diseases or infections that their patients have.
  • Often wear masks or rubber gloves to protect themselves and their patients from disease.
  • Work very near others. They must come into close physical contact with patients during examinations.

Yearly Wages

A yearly wage a OBGYN on average makes is about $214,750

Preparation

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.

Skills and ability's

  • Use scientific methods to solve problems.

  • Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.

  • Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions.

  • Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.


Recommended core classes and electives

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