What specific roles does a gynecologist perform as opposed to a PA or nurse?
I'm very set on heading into gynecology in my future however I'm having trouble deciding how far I want to go with it. Primarily I'm wondering who does most of the work and interaction with patients at a clinic? Is a nurse or the doctor themselves usually performing tests and exams, consulting with patients? I really want to be the person doing the actual exams and interacting a lot with my patients and their bodies, therefor would I be best suited as a full fledged gynecologist or assistant, nurse, etc. ?
Hello Jordan: Gynocologists are considered specialists focusing on one are of the body, in this case the female body. Nurses work with doctors to assist them with comforting patients, delivering medications, and setting recovery goals. Physician Assistants help the doctor or substitute for the doctor if the doctor cannot make it (thus their studies are very similar requirements). I hope this clears this up for you. For more detailed information about each area, feel free to review occupational outlook handbook and onetonline.org to review pay, skills required, and average workday. Best of luck in your choice!