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What does an ob/gyn do?

I am interested in becoming an ob/gyn, and would like some more info about what they do on a day to day basis, etc. #medicine #healthcare #medical #doctor #hospital-and-health-care #doctor

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Charlotte, Advanced Placement classes can boost your GPA and strengthen your college application. But the number of advanced courses you choose to take should depend on your academic interests and your schedule.


STEP 1: AP COURSES – You can prepare for obstetrics and gynecology by taking science and math courses to prepare for the rigorous pre-med college curriculum. You should also should enroll in chemistry and biology at you high school to provide you with a sound science foundation. If advanced placement science courses are available your high school you can enroll in other AP courses ahead of college.

STEP 2: INTERNSHIPS – Gaining exposure to the medical field – specifically to obstetrics and gynecology – enables you to determine whether becoming an OB/GYN is right for you. Some universities, offer summer medical classes. You can enroll in one and learn about anatomy and surgery, among other topics. You will also perform dissections, take blood pressure and learn how to operate an ultrasound machine. Additionally, you can volunteer at your local hospital so that you'll be exposed to what OB/GYNs do and will learn about the patient care.

STEP 3: NEXT SUMMER – Is the perfect time before the chaos of September rolls around for you to start the preliminary phases of college admissions. Schedule tour visits for any college campuses that you have not yet visited and make notes that can be used to eventually narrow down your choices. Start considering which of your teachers would write a strong letter of recommendation. Take time to look over the Common Application and begin brainstorming some topics that you could use for your personal essay or personal statement. Once you narrow down your choices, explore their websites to learn admissions requirements and request an application. Make sure that your senior class schedule will meet all of the required courses you'll need for enrollment.


• OBSTETRICIANS – Specialize in pregnancy and labor. They see pregnant patients, deliver babies and do follow-up care for new mothers.
• GYNECOLOGISTS – Specialize in women's reproductive health, but that involves a lot more than just pregnancy. They treat female patients of all ages, from pubescent teens onward.


Many doctors devote their careers to one of those two specialties. But OB/GYNs are trained and qualified as both obstetricians and gynecologists. An OB/GYN might care for a given patient over the course of decades, including delivering the patient's children. Even senior citizens sometimes see their OB/GYNs for cancer screenings and to treat hormonal issues.

An OB/GYN provides a number of services to female patients. At each annual visit, an OB/GYN will ask the patient questions about her sexual and reproductive health and do a physical exam (including a pelvic exam and breast exam). The doctor may help a patient make choices about birth control, test for sexually transmitted infections and diagnose any other physical issues related to reproductive organs, like ovarian cysts or certain types of cancer.

When a woman gets pregnant, her OB/GYN will schedule her for frequent office visits. The doctor will officially confirm that the patient is pregnant, calculate the baby's due date and counsel the mom-to-be about how to keep herself and her growing baby healthy. During the pregnancy, the OB/GYN will monitor the baby's growth and treat any complications that the mother develops. She may deliver the baby herself (although that's not always possible, depending on when and where the mother gives birth) and will see the patient for a few postpartum visits before the patient eventually returns to her pre-baby appointment schedule.

OB/GYNs also order mammograms, give vaccinations, help patients cope with menopause, treat women who are struggling with infertility and educate pregnant patients about their options. OB/GYNs perform surgical procedures too (in addition to caesarean sections). It's also important to note that, while OB/GYNs do specialize in treating and preventing conditions related to reproductive health, many women use an OB/GYN as a general physician, rather than seeing two doctors each year.


STEP 1: COLLEGE DEGREE – four-year undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. You may consider taking courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy, which provide a foundation of education for medical school and human health. Most programs that offer science degrees also include laboratory courses, which allow you to become familiarized with lab equipment and procedures.

STEP 2: PASS YOUR MCAT – Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) to gain entry into medical school. The MCAT is an intensive, day-long exam that tests students on biology, chemistry, and physics, in addition to reading and writing skills. The Association of American Medical Colleges notes that roughly half of the students who apply to medical school are accepted. As a result, many pre-med students begin studying for the exam well in advance of college graduation.

STEP 3: MEDICAL SCHOOL – Aspiring OB/GYNs take many of the same courses as general physicians, but may choose classes with a concentration in obstetrics and gynecology. Medical school programs also include extensive hands-on practice through clinical rotations in which students can gain experience in OB/GYN.

STEP 4: INTERNSHIP & RESIDENCY – An internship is usually a year long, while a medical residency may last between 3-7 years. During a medical residency, OB/GYN students are paid employees and may evaluate patients, create treatment plans, and observe patient progress.

All doctors should be compassionate and understanding toward their patients, but that's especially important in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. These doctors are often the people who first talk to young women about sex and their changing bodies. They treat women who dream of becoming mothers but can't get pregnant, and they treat women who are pregnant and are terrified and upset about it.

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Estelle’s Answer

Ob/Gyns practice office gynecology, deliver babies, and perform gynecologic surgery. I have been practicing gynecology for 30 yrs. I no longer deliver babies,and I focus on gynecology and gynecologic surgery. Office gynecology includes providing family planning services, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and treating pelvic pain. We perform well woman exams and cancer screening with pap smears and physical exams. I perform surgery one day per week and see patients in the office the other 4 days per week. Ob/Gyn is a very rewarding specialty in which we treat women of all ages. Best of luck to you!

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David’s Answer

OB/GYN and their responsibilities is performing a wide range of tests, including pap smears, pelvic, and breast exams. Diagnosing and prescribing treatments for disorders and diseases. Conducting routine check-ups on patients. Monitoring and treating expectant mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. OB/GYNs have a unique line of work: They spend their days looking at vaginas, doing screenings, delivering babies, and generally doing all they can to make sure you're healthy below the belt. Combine that with long hours and overnight hospital shifts, and this job is no joke. Even among Ob/Gyns who see patients more than 50 hours per week, the variance between those who are employees and those who are in private practice is minor. Close to 50% of Ob/Gyns see from 50 to 99 patients per week. About 20% see from 100 to 124 patients per week.

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Rachel’s Answer

OB Gyns are obstetricians (doctors who deliver babies) and gynecologists (doctors who specialize in the female reproductive system).

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Richard’s Answer

Obestrics involves caring for pregnant women, delivering the baby and the follow up care for new mothers.

Gynecology involves diagnosing and treating problems of the female reproductive tract. Treatment can involve medication or surgical intervention.