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How To Become an OBG/YN


Most people who know what career path they want to take in the future should start early on in high school to get the high grades so that they can get into a four year college after graduating high school. This would take some discipline because some high school students do not think about their futures and all they could think about is partying, sports, dates and school events. To get into a good college after graduating high school you need to have a decent grade point average to get admitted.

When taking classes in college the requirements are mostly science courses, such as biology, chemistry, genetics, physics, and organic chemistry. Some medical schools also require one or more writing or literature classes. Most "pre-med" students major in biology, chemistry, or physics. a number of college students major in non-science disciplines or have dual majors, for example in literature and biology. As long as a student takes the required courses to gain acceptance into medical school the major is not particularly important, and medical school admission committees usually do not favor one major over another. Pre-med students grades are usually above 3.5 and often above 3.7 or 3.8, are necessary to compete with other pre-med students around the country applying for application to medical school. It is not uncommon to have only 10-20 percent of the freshman pre-med class actually graduate as pre-med students.

The last 2 years of college are spent getting ready for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and applying to various medical schools. The MCAT is a grueling day-long test that covers physics, chemistry, biology, and reading and writing comprehension and skills, a substandard score usually nullifies any hope of medical school admission.

Medical school lasts 4 years. Most schools use the first two years for classroom learning in subjects like biochemistry, anatomy (including the complete dissection of a cadaver), microbiology, and pathology. In addition, students are introduced to clinical medicine by taking coursework in physical examination, use of a stethoscope and other medical instruments, and by actually performing examinations under the direction of a physician.

The third and fourth years of med school are spent in the clinic or hospital. The 3rd year is one of the hardest but most fulfilling times in a physician's training, as this is the first real experience with direct patient care. Third- year students "rotate" through such departments as surgery, internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, family medicine, ob/gyn, and perhaps anesthesia or radiology. Third year can be grueling, as most schools require that students take call, which usually means spending the entire day and night (and often the entire next day) awake and in the hospital to help care for sick patients.

After rounds and teaching, it's off to the clinic, operating room, labor and delivery unit, or library. While students are allowed to do some procedures, surgeries are conducted by residents with the attending physician supervising and assisting.

The fourth year is spent in many elective rotations and is much easier than the third year. There is almost always much less call, less stress, and more time to concentrate on selecting a specialty to practice.

To become an ob/gyn you must have completed 12 years of education after high school, which means you cannot begin working in your career until about age 30. "First-year resident doctors right out of med school used to be called “interns”." Ob/Gyn residencies are 4 years. Each year the resident is allowed increasing responsibility and is allowed to attempt more difficult procedures and surgeries. Both general surgery and ob/gyn are known as the hardest residencies in terms of workload, because of large number of patients, and also because of the surgical cases.

After residency the doctor becomes eligible to take the specialty boards, and become "Board Certified." In ob/gyn this involves a day-long written exam right after completion of residency, then a grueling oral examination by 6 different professors 2 years later. Many ob/gyns join a group practice once residency is over, while others start their own practices or join an academic setting so they can teach or do research. A smaller number go on to become subspecialists in cancer gynecology (gynecologic oncology), high-risk pregnancies (maternal fetal medicine), or infertility (reproductive endocrinology). The training for these subspecialties is called a "fellowship" and these fellows must continue their formal education for 2-4 more years before they can practice in their chosen field.





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