Career Profile: Gynaecologist

June 17, 2016

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A gynaecologist is a fully qualified doctor who specialises in providing primary health care to women. A major part of a gynaecologist’s job is attending to women’s reproductive healthcare.

Gynaecologist Job Description & Work Settings

Gynaecologists perform a wide range of services including but not limited to:

  • Performing routine healthcare services such as biopsies, pap smears and colposcopies.
  • Diagnosing and treating diseases and illnesses such as uterine bleeding, breast and hormonal problems, infertility, renal disease, pelvic disorders and incontinence.
  • Providing counsel regarding birth control, pregnancy and gynaecologic care.
  • Assisting with labour and delivery, including performing caesarian sections.
  • Performing assorted surgical procedures including laparoscopies, ovarian cystectomies, laser surgery, hysterectomies and myomectomies amongst others.

Gynaecologists work in varied settings including hospitals, private clinics, fertility clinics and community settings. They are in high demand with NGOs that focus on women’s welfare in underserved countries around the world.

In most settings, gynaecologists very rarely work alone and they also very rarely focus solely on medical-related tasks. In all settings they consult with other doctors before dispensing treatment, depending on the patients’ condition. During surgical procedures they work as a team with other medical specialists, nurses, obstetricians and anaesthesiologists.

In private practices, a gynaecologist also has to take care of hiring and managing administrative staff as well as assistive medical professionals.

Essential Attributes & Proficiencies

The diverse nature of the job means that anyone who is considering a career as a gynaecologist must have expert knowledge in several different medical fields. The list of personal attributes they possess is also long.

To become a gynaecologist, you need to have:

  • Expert knowledge of anatomy, endocrinology and reproductive physiology along with a broad knowledge of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for women’s health.
  • Keen analytical skills and the self-confidence to make sound decisions in an emergency.
  • Outstanding hand-eye coordination to perform precision procedures.
  • Excellent bedside manner and communication skills in order to reach out to patients in distress.
  • Emotional stability to cope with the many highs and lows of the job and to counsel patients in distress without losing objectivity.

Education & Training

To become a gynaecologist in Australia you must first complete 4 years of medical school. After obtaining your postgraduate medical degree, you must complete your internship and residency. This involves working in the public hospital system for a minimum of 2 years.

On completion of the internship and residency programme, you are eligible to apply to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to undertake further training. This can take at least 6 years of study while working as a doctor. At end of it you will ultimately receive your Fellowship to practice independently as a gynaecologist.

Continued education is an important aspect of any medical career. As a gynaecologist, you will be expected to keep up with the latest medical discoveries and technological advancements that pertain to this field.

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