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Become An Obstetrician/Gynecologist

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Working As An Obstetrician/Gynecologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $206,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Obstetrician/Gynecologist Do At K.A. Recruiting, Inc.

Full time position, working in a hospital based service OBGYN Office locations close to the Hospital The hospital offers a competitive salary & benefits package, strong nursing, social work and support staff Board Certified 2+ years

How To Become An Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Education

Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

Training

After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Obstetrician/Gynecologist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    74.8%
  • Male

    23.4%
  • Unknown

    1.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    64.6%
  • Asian

    18.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.3%
  • Unknown

    5.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Chinese

    14.3%
  • Georgian

    14.3%
  • Spanish

    14.3%
  • Bengali

    14.3%
  • Cantonese

    14.3%
  • Russian

    14.3%
  • Italian

    14.3%
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Real Obstetrician/Gynecologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Ogdensburg, NY Aug 01, 2015 $380,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Ogdensburg, NY Jan 04, 2016 $380,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Aurora Medical Group, Inc. Marinette, WI Jul 18, 2016 $370,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist SOMC Medical Care Foundation, Inc. Portsmouth, OH Oct 17, 2016 $341,223
Obstetrician-Gynecologist Innovis Health, LLC Detroit Lakes, MN Jan 07, 2016 $325,000
Obstetrician-Gynecologist Innovis Health, LLC Park Rapids, MN Jan 07, 2016 $325,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Mayo Clinic Red Wing, MN Jan 07, 2016 $311,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist University of Pittsburgh Physicians Uniontown, PA Sep 18, 2015 $307,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist University of Pittsburgh Physicians Uniontown, PA Sep 11, 2015 $307,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Coudersport, PA Mar 17, 2015 $305,500
Obstetrician and Gynecologist (Multiple Openings) Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Coudersport, PA Jul 12, 2016 $305,500
Obstetrician/Gynecologist College Hill Women's Health Center Rock Springs, WY Jan 08, 2016 $300,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Kennewick Public Hospital District Kennewick, WA Jan 10, 2016 $300,000
Obstetrician and Gynecologist Physician Community Health Centers of The Central Coast, Inc. Santa Maria, CA Jan 07, 2016 $300,000
Physician/Obstetrician & Gynecologist Crusaders Central Clinic Association Rockford, IL Jul 25, 2016 $261,850
Obstetrician-Gynecologist Anne Arundel Physician Group LLC Easton, MD Jul 09, 2016 $250,000
Obstetrician-Gynecologist Affiliated Community Medical Centers, P.A. Willmar, MN May 01, 2015 $250,000
Obstetrician and Gynecologist Mohawk Valley Women's Health Associates, LLP Rome, NY Jan 09, 2016 $250,000
Obstetricians and Gynecologists Gateway Community Health Center, Inc. Laredo, TX Jul 20, 2015 $250,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Physician Crusaders Central Clinic Association Rockford, IL Feb 05, 2015 $250,000
Physician/Obstetrician & Gynecologist Crusaders Central Clinic Association Rockford, IL Jul 13, 2015 $250,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Community Health Care, Inc. Vineland, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $215,000
Obstetrician-Gynecologist HH Medstar Health, Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 21, 2016 $215,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist (Ob/Gyn) Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services Gallup, NM Feb 05, 2015 $210,000 -
$245,000
Physician, Obstetricians and Gynecologists Community Health Care, Inc. Vineland, NJ Oct 10, 2015 $210,000
Obstetrician & Gynecologist Frisbie Memorial Hospital Rochester, NH Jul 31, 2015 $210,000
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire, WI Jan 13, 2016 $205,379 -
$255,595

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Top Skills for An Obstetrician/Gynecologist

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Top Obstetrician/Gynecologist Skills

  1. Gynecology Services
  2. Risk Obstetric Patients
  3. Infertility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided comprehensive care to general and high risk obstetric patients.
  • Treated women with infertility conditions, prescribing medication.
  • Record general health history and vital signs including weight, height, and blood pressure.
  • Supervised two Certified Nurse Midwives.
  • Performed gynecologic surgeries, including diagnostic and emergency procedures such as DNC.

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