What does a gynecologist do?
Gynecologists are medical doctors that specialize in the female reproductive system. They perform routine examinations, diagnose conditions and illnesses, and offer a variety of treatment options. They examine and treat many different issues related to the female reproductive system such as gynecological diseases, pregnancy, and fertility. They deal with many different conditions such as cancer, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhoea, urine incontinence, and prolapse of pelvic organs. Gynecologists also provide a variety of procedures such as pap smears, biopsies, hysterectomies, tubal ligations, and oophorectomy. They also provide women with contraceptive choices. Many gynecologists specialize in obstetrics and provide pregnancy care during and immediately after pregnancy. Others specialize in gynecological cancers and provide many different treatment options.
What kind of training does a gynecologist need?
Gynecologists must earn a bachelor degree and doctor of medicine degree (MD). They must complete a 4 year residency program in gynecology including at least 1 year internship. Gynecologists who choose to focus on a sub-specialty usually complete up to 3 years of additional residency training. All states require gynecologists to be licensed to practice. Licensing requirements include graduating from an accredited medical school complete residency requirements, and passing an examination. Gynecologists must also be board certified. Gynecologists must stay up to date on the current medical and technological advancements in the field and often complete continuing education courses. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) offers a variety of continuing education courses.
What are the prospects for a career as a gynecologist?
Employment of all physicians including gynecologists is expected to grow faster than average for all professions, increasing 14% from 2006 to 2016 (1). The continued expansion of the healthcare field and the increased need for gynecological treatment will drive job growth.
Job prospects are expected to be very good especially for gynecologists with extensive experience and specializations. Job openings will also arise from the need to replace gynecologists that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do gynecologists make?
As of October 2009, the middle 50% of gynecologists earn annual salaries between $199,486 and $289,712. The top 10% earn annual salaries of more than $336,668 (2).
A career as a gynecologist is an excellent choice for individuals interested in gynecology and providing care to a variety of female patients. Gynecologists must have a strong desire to help people, be self-motivated and able to make decisions quickly. They must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of patients and their families and other medical professionals. They must be able to stay calm under stressful situations and be able to make effective decisions during emergency situations.