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Become An Obstetrics Gynecology Physician

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Working As An Obstetrics Gynecology Physician

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  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Obstetrics Gynecology Physician Do

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.

Duties

Physician assistants typically do the following:

  • Take or review patients’ medical histories
  • Examine patients
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests, such as x rays or blood tests
  • Diagnose a patient’s injury or illness
  • Give treatment, such as setting broken bones and immunizing patients
  • Educate and counsel patients and their families—for example, answering questions about how to care for a child with asthma
  • Prescribe medicine
  • Assess and record a patient’s progress
  • Research the latest treatments to ensure the quality of patient care
  • Conduct or participate in outreach programs; talking to groups about managing diseases and promoting wellness

Physician assistants work on teams with physicians or surgeons and other healthcare workers. Their specific duties and the extent to which they must be supervised by physicians or surgeons differ from state to state.

Physician assistants work in all areas of medicine, including primary care and family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. The work of physician assistants depends in large part on their specialty or the type of medical practice where they work. For example, a physician assistant working in surgery may close incisions and provide care before, during, and after the operation. A physician assistant working in pediatrics may examine a child and give routine vaccinations.

In some areas, especially rural and medically underserved communities, physician assistants may be the primary care providers at clinics where a physician is present only 1 or 2 days per week. In these locations, physician assistants collaborate with the physician as needed and as required by law.

Some physician assistants make house calls or visit nursing homes to treat patients.

Physician assistants are different from medical assistants. Medical assistants do routine clinical and clerical tasks and they do not practice medicine.

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How To Become An Obstetrics Gynecology Physician

Physician assistants typically need a master’s degree from an accredited educational program. Earning that degree usually takes at least 2 years of full-time postgraduate study. All states require physician assistants to be licensed.

Education

Most applicants to physician assistant education programs already have a bachelor’s degree and some healthcare-related work experience. Although admissions requirements vary from program to program, most programs require 2 to 4 years of undergraduate coursework with a focus in science. Many applicants already have experience as registered nurses or as EMTs and paramedics before they apply to a physician assistant program.

Physician assistant education programs usually take at least 2 years of full-time study. About 200 education programs were accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) in 2014. Almost all of these accredited programs offer a master’s degree.

Physician assistant education includes classroom and laboratory instruction in subjects such as pathology, human anatomy, physiology, clinical medicine, pharmacology, physical diagnosis, and medical ethics. The programs also include supervised clinical training in several areas, including family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and pediatrics.

Sometimes students serve in one or more clinical rotations in these areas under the supervision of a physician who is looking to hire a physician assistant. In this way, clinical rotations may lead to permanent employment.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states and the District of Columbia require physician assistants to be licensed. To become licensed, candidates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). A physician assistant who passes the exam may use the credential “Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C).”

To keep their certification, physician assistants must complete 100 hours of continuing education every 2 years. The recertification exam is required every 10 years.

In addition, state licensure laws require physician assistants to hold an agreement with a supervising physician. Although the physician does not need to be onsite at all times, collaboration between physicians and physician assistants is required for practice.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physician assistants must explain complex medical issues in a way that patients can understand. They must also effectively communicate with doctors and other healthcare workers to ensure that they provide the best possible patient care.

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

Detail oriented. Physician assistants should be observant and have a strong ability to focus when evaluating and treating patients.

Emotional stability. Physician assistants, particularly those working in surgery or emergency medicine, should be able to work well under pressure. They must remain calm in stressful situations in order to provide quality care.

Problem-solving skills. Physician assistants need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They must be diligent when investigating complicated medical issues so that they can determine the best course of treatment for each patient.

Advancement

Some physician assistants pursue additional education in a specialty. Postgraduate educational programs are available in areas such as emergency medicine and psychiatry. To enter one of these programs, a physician assistant must be a graduate of an accredited program and be certified by the NCCPA.

As they gain greater clinical knowledge and experience, physician assistants can earn new responsibilities and higher wages. For example, experienced physician assistants may supervise other staff and physician assistant students or they may become an executive leader of a healthcare organization.

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Obstetrics Gynecology Physician Demographics

Gender

Female

59.3%

Male

38.2%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

50.2%

Hispanic or Latino

19.2%

Asian

13.1%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

8.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

Hindi

14.3%

Urdu

14.3%

Portuguese

7.1%

Chinese

7.1%

Turkish

7.1%

Russian

7.1%

Korean

7.1%
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Obstetrics Gynecology Physician Education

Schools

Florida International University

8.6%

Butler University

8.6%

Walden University

5.7%

Pace University - New York

5.7%

Wayne State University

5.7%

Weber State University

5.7%

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

5.7%

University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

5.7%

University of Rochester

5.7%

Saint Louis University-

5.7%

Johns Hopkins University

5.7%

Texas Tech University

5.7%

Western University of Health Sciences

5.7%

Touro University

2.9%

National American University-Zona Rosa

2.9%

New York University

2.9%

Everest Institute

2.9%

University of Nevada - Reno

2.9%

Oakland University

2.9%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

2.9%
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Majors

Medicine

28.1%

Physician Assistant

26.0%

Nursing

14.6%

Health Care Administration

6.3%

Biology

4.2%

Osteopathic Medicine

3.1%

Chemistry

3.1%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.1%

Management

1.0%

Natural Sciences

1.0%

Psychology

1.0%

Public Health

1.0%

Medical Technician

1.0%

Mental Health Counseling

1.0%

Pharmacy

1.0%

Area Studies

1.0%

Business

1.0%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.0%

Medical Assisting Services

1.0%

Veterinary Science

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

35.8%

Doctorate

23.6%

Other

18.9%

Bachelors

12.3%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

1.9%

License

0.9%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real Obstetrics Gynecology Physician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Mayo Clinic Albert Lea, MN Jul 01, 2015 $366,752
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Mayo Clinic Austin, MN Feb 29, 2016 $366,752
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Mayo Clinic Albert Lea, MN Feb 19, 2016 $366,752
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Mayo Clinic Fairmont, MN Jul 01, 2011 $314,000
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Mayo Clinic Red Wing, MN Dec 29, 2016 $311,000
Obstetrics & Gynecology Physician Sanford Clinic Worthington, MN May 19, 2014 $300,000
Obstetrics & Gynecology Physician Sanford Clinic Worthington, MN Jan 01, 2016 $300,000
Obstetrics & Gynecology Physician Sanford Clinic Worthington, MN Feb 24, 2014 $300,000
Obstetrics and Gynecologist Physician Houston Medical and Ob/GYN Center LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $300,000
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Olmsted Medical Center Rochester, MN Dec 26, 2011 $300,000 -
$325,700
Obstetrics & Gynecology Physician Sanford Clinic Worthington, MN Dec 12, 2014 $300,000
Obstetrics/Gynecology Physician Berkshire Faculty Services, Inc. Pittsfield, MA Jul 01, 2015 $300,000
Physician-Obstetrics & Gynecology Lake Erie Medical Services PC Dunkirk, NY Sep 09, 2014 $260,000
Physician-Obstetrics & Gynecology Lake Erie Medical Services PC Dunkirk, NY Sep 17, 2013 $260,000
Physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology Midland Community Healthcare Services Midland, TX Jan 07, 2016 $260,000
Physician-Obstetrics & Gynecology Lake Erie Medical Services PC Dunkirk, NY Sep 06, 2013 $260,000
Physician-Obstetrics & Gynecology Lake Erie Medical Services PC Dunkirk, NY Jul 01, 2013 $260,000
Physician-Obstetrics & Gynecology Lake Erie Medical Services PC Dunkirk, NY Oct 01, 2012 $260,000
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Annie U. Bordallo, M.D. Jun 07, 2016 $220,000
Physician of Obstetrics & Gynecology Northern Berkshire Healthcare Physicians Group, In North Adams, MA Aug 30, 2011 $220,000
Obstetrics and Gynocologist Physician Health Delivery, Inc. Bay City, MI Dec 10, 2012 $220,000
Obstetrics and Gynecologist Physician P. Gill Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group Stockton, CA Oct 01, 2012 $215,000
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Niagara Falls, NY Jan 09, 2016 $215,000
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Niagara Falls, NY Jul 29, 2016 $215,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR An Obstetrics Gynecology Physician

Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$199,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Marshfield Clinic
Highest Paying City
Rochester, NH
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does an Obstetrics Gynecology Physician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Obstetrics Gynecology Physician in the United States is $79,881 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $199,000.

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Top Skills for An Obstetrics Gynecology Physician

  1. Patient Care
  2. Surgery
  3. Clinical Staff
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  • Assist family and obstetric physician with patient care to OB patients, pediatrics, adult, and geriatric patients.
  • Collaborate with administration to create a weekly employment schedule for clinical staff to utilize and follow.
  • Performed annual well-woman exams and provided obstetric care surveillance Gained experience in surgical procedures including Da Vinci myomectomy and open hysterectomies
  • Interacted with insurance companies to check status of payments.
  • Participated in family planning counseling, and learned to detect, diagnose and devise a treatment plan for gynecologic diseases.

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Top 10 Best States for Obstetrics Gynecology Physicians

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