What does a Gynecologist do?
Gynecologist are medical professionals that primary treat females. They are doctors that specialize in illnesses, injuries, or diseases of the female reproductive system such as breast and hormonal problems, urinary tract and pelvic disorders, and cancer of the cervix. They work very closely at times with an obstetrician during female pregnancy as well. Some are certified in both gynecology and obstetrics, therefore called OB/GYN doctors. See Obstetrician for more information on this career field.
Oftentimes they work in private practices, hospitals, or specialty clinics. Most are self employed or work in partnership with other medical professionals in a practice. Some choose to become educators for graduate students entering the medical field that are wanting to become a gynecologist.
How to Become a Gynecologist
To become gynecologist you must take the career path to become a doctor. Medical schools are highly competitive so it is important to begin volunteering, doing well academically, and finding leadership roles in high school and in your undergraduate program. One must first earn a bachelor’s degree in areas such as biology, women’s studies, chemistry or other related sciences. It is encouraged that you take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) your senior year of undergraduate school to gain admissions into medical school once your graduate. Once accepted into medical school it can take another 4 years of academic and anywhere from 3-7 years to complete a residency or fellowship in the gynecology specialty. Only then are you considered a doctor in gynecology.
Job Description a Gynecologist
A gynecologist perform and are responsible for many test for women’s health. They complete year exams called pap smears, diagnose sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), monitor birth control medications, and many times complete breast exams. Gynecologist often diagnose medical issues that patients may have in regards to intercourse, reproductive organs, and sometimes a woman’s urinary tract.
Gynecologist use a variety of devices and machines to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients. They are examining patients breast, vaginal and pelvic regions. Machines and devices can include, but are not limited to ultrasounds, endoscopes, medical microscopes, forceps, traction devices, and surgical devices. They see patients on an individual basis and often times have an assistant or other medical staff present or help in the examinations or procedures being performed.
Gynecologist get very personal with their patients and must have good listening skills. Often times they are speaking about intimate subjects that may be sensitive. It is important to build a rapport and trusting relationship with their patients because often times, patients can be embarrassed or reserved in speaking about some of their concerns; due to the privacy of the topic in most other public places. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there is a faster than average rate projected in the occupational career field and have a median salary of $234,000 annually