How to Become a Gynecologist
It usually takes eight years to become a gynecologist, apart from the four-year college degree. This period consists of four years of study in medical school, and four years of residency training. In order to get admission in a top medical school for this career opportunity, you need to have a very good score in the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). After medical school, you need to take up residency training. You can even opt for a sub-specialty, for which you would have to take up three additional years of residency training. You can opt for receiving certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) after the residency training. You can even take additional continuing education courses in the field offered by the ACOG.
Also referred to as Obstetrician Gynecologists (OB/GYN), these professionals generally execute tasks concerned with both pregnancy as well as female reproductive systems. OB/GYNs educate their patients about important matters such as healthy diet, proper hygiene, and how to preclude complications when pregnant. They have to prepare appropriate government and medical reports of childbirth and death.
They have to study medical test results, diagnose the current condition, and take suitable steps for treatment. One of the main duties is to take care of the patient's health throughout all prenatal, natal, as well as post-natal periods. They have to discuss with the patients all details about the test results, the complications, and also the appropriate treatments and other course of action required.
OB/GYNs have to carry out cesarean or surgical operations, with keeping in mind the health of both the baby and mother. Besides handling issues with pregnancy, they have to diagnose and treat problems related to the female body parts and internal organs. They can even oversee and coordinate activities of nurses and other health care personnel.
Even freshers in this field attract a substantial amount of per annum salary. The median OB/GYN salary comes near the range of a $150,000. The starting salary for freshers or those with less than a year's experience can be in the range of $55,000 to $180,000 per year. On the other hand, those with a good 10 to 19 years of expertise can draw an annual salary ranging from $140,000 to $245,000. Those with more experience can even get up to a whopping $250,000. The state of California is reported to have the highest salary for obstetrician gynecologists, at $150,000 to $240,000.
The duties and earnings also depend on if she is self-employed or providing services in a large hospital.