Obstetricians and gynecologists (OBGYNs) specialize in women’s reproductive health and assist patients with family planning, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and childbirth. Despite their similarities, OBGYNs and gynecologists focus on women’s health and concerns associated with birth rather than exclusively women’s reproductive health. For example, OBGYNs do Pap tests and mammograms and assist patients with fibroid tumours, infertility, preterm labour, and cesarean births.
Doctors that specialize in obstetrics and gynecology work in both the office and the hospital. As a result, depending on the needs of their patients and their on-call schedule, schedules may be unpredictable and encompass late evenings, early morning hours, and weekends. However, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, all doctors, including OBGYNs, are generally good, and the job outlook is better than average.
Here is How to Become an OBGYN
OBGYN requirements are extensive. They typically involve the following steps:
- Obtain a bachelor’s degree
- Take the MCAT
- Attend medical school
- Finish a medical residency
- Get licensed
OBGYN stands for obstetrician/gynecologist, a term for doctors who specialize in both obstetrics and gynecology. OBGYNs specialize in diagnosing and treating women’s reproductive systems and the monitoring and supervision of pregnancies and births. To lawfully practice in the United States, OBGYNs must finish several years of education and acquire licencing like all medical professionals. First, let’s look at the stages involved in becoming an OBGYN.
2. Pass the MCAT
To get into medical school, you must first pass the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The MCAT is a one-day exam that assesses students’ knowledge in biology, chemistry, and physics and their reading and writing abilities. In addition to college studies, MCAT preparation might take months. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, around half of all medical school applicants get accepted. As a result, many pre-med students start studying for the exam well before they graduate from college.
3.Complete Medical School
The requirements for OB-GYN education extend into a four-year medical school programme. Aspiring obstetricians and gynecologists take many of the same courses as general physicians, focusing on obstetrics and gynecology. Prospective OBGYNs receive a conventional medical degree with some OBGYN specialty rather than a specialized OBGYN degree. Clinical rotations provide students with considerable hands-on training in OBGYN as part of their medical school curriculum.
4. Complete a Medical Residency
The next step is to finish a hospital internship and residency. An internship normally lasts a year, while a medical residency can last from three to seven years. This is the last step in the OBGYN education process: it takes between twelve and sixteen years from high school graduation to completion of a medical residency. OBGYN students are paid employees throughout their medical residency and may evaluate patients, devise treatment plans, and monitor patient progress.
The last step is to apply for a licence. To practise as an OBGYN, you must first obtain state licencing. Students who graduate with a licence can lawfully practise medicine in the United States and its territories. The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), which assesses a physician’s ability to apply medical concepts and principles to their practice, is required for licensure.
OBGYN Job Description
What does the day-to-day life of a practising OBGYN look like after all of this education? OBGYNs can specialize in various areas, with some specializing solely in gynecology or obstetrics as their primary practice. Some OBGYNs have their own offices, while others operate in women’s health clinics or alongside family doctors. Other OBGYNs focus on maternity and birth, seeing pregnant women throughout their pregnancies and occasionally attending births. It all depends on a person’s areas of interest and the necessities of the industry in which they work.