Gynecologists are doctors responsible for promoting women’s health. A gynecologist is a woman’s care provider, working in the field of obstetrics. His/her primary task is to cure disorders and diseases in women and ensure patient’s over-all well-being.
A gynecologist has a myriad of duties and functions. They are preparing statistical reports on birth, death and diseases, workforce evaluations on the medical status of women. They also advise patients on proper diet, hygiene, and disease prevention; collect and translate vital statistics; record and test results, and health examination to diagnose a patient’s condition. They assist, care and treat women during pregnancy and during and after birth; dialogue with patients on procedures; explain test results and give proper advice on treatments with patients. Gynecologists also monitor patients’ health; administer therapies; perform operations and surgeries as needed. They give referrals and consult with specialists; research, develop and test medications and therapies for disease control; and direct and coordinate activities of allied health care personnel.
Education and Training Requirements
To become a gynecologist, one must complete four years of medical school and four years of residency. After completing residency in obstetrics and gynecology, one can go on further training and studies to sub-specialize in areas such as critical care medicine, gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, or reproductive endocrinology.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
A gynecologist needs to have excellent communication skills to talk and listen to patients especially when gathering information of an intimate nature. It helps a lot when the gynecologist can assuage worries of the patient and give them hope and peace of mind for a resolution to their problems. Other important skills in this field include interpersonal skills, time management skills, analytical skills and basic computer knowledge.
The working schedule of gynecologists is not based on an 8-hour 9 to 5 job. Instead, they rely on a pager to be on call 24/7. They often are in and out of hospitals several times a day. When inside the hospital, gynecologists work in clean, well-lit, fully equipped clinics and offices. Travel is a large part of this position, particularly for highly experienced and recommended gynecologists.
The median salary for a Gynecologist in the United States is $220,700. Entry-level non-obstetric gynecologists make $159,000, while an entry-level OBGYN make $211,000 per year. Experienced non-obstetric gynecologists receive salaries of $213,000 to $358,000, while experienced OBGYN makes more than $261,000. They usually receive benefits like paid leaves and vacations, bonuses, social security benefits, and healthcare and pension plans.