• alyssa billins

Life begins with these doctors

Ob/Gyns are Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstetrics is the overall health for a woman during maternity which includes care for a woman before, during, and after the birth of their child. Gynecology focuses more on women’s reproductive health. Together, both fields focus on women and their overall health.

Ob/Gyns never have the same day twice. An average work day may consist of performing annual exams that could include: primary care, continuity of care, and sometimes surgical care. Primary and continuity care typically consist of annual checkups or things like ultrasounds during a pregnancy. Some surgical procedures may include hysterectomies and biopsies. Because of the fact that an Ob/Gyn deals with the field of obstetrics and gynecology, they deal with patients who need care for both.

In and out of the delivery room, between office visits, and surgical operations, Ob/Gyns spend a lot of hours working. Often times they are on call for 24- hours, which means they can get called into work at anytime, day or night.

Ob/Gyns are able to specialize in different areas in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. For instance, maternal-fetal medicine only deals with high risk patients whereas gynecology oncology deals with cancers in the reproductive system. There are a lot of different areas to explore in this field and there are many options to choose from dependent upon what one is interested in.

The road to becoming an Ob/Gyn requires many years of school and training. Four years of undergrad and medical school are required to be an Ob/Gyn. During one’s four years of undergrad, it is ideal to major in a science, such as biology or biomedics. In medical school, one will further their knowledge and training of obestetrics and gynecology. After completing undergrad and medical school, it is required to do four years of residency. Residency includes learning about diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention while under another supervisor and or doctor. Finally, one will have to take and pass a specialty board certification exam. This exam requires you to take it every six years after to renew your certification as a doctor.


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