A gynecologist is a highly specialized physician who trains in the health of the female reproductive system and organs. A gynecologist diagnoses, tests, and provides medical treatment for a variety of female disorders and diseases. Additionally, gynecologists provide contraception to patients as well as post menopause options for women. Gynecologists also provide assistance with fertility issues, refer patients to fertility specialists in cases of infertility, and provide hysterectomies and tubal ligations. Gynecologists also provide education to their patients as well as treat endocrine disorders.
Gynecologists work in fields of medicine very similar to obstetricians but education is distinct and specialized for each medical field. Though gynecologists often confirm pregnancies, they refer pregnant patients to obstetricians. Gynecologists do not provide prenatal care, delivery, or post-partum care to pregnant patients. Gynecologists and obstetricians can not provide full assistance necessary to service the other though their specialties are quite similar.
Obtaining employment as a gynecologist requires rigorous medical training upon completion of a college degree. Most medical schools only accept students with strong academics and chances of admittance are based upon good grades. Training to become a gynecologist is often difficult, intensive, and highly specialized. Careers in gynecology are largely rewarding.
Gynecologists’ earnings are quite high as the field of specialty is in demand. The average annual salary varies between $132,000 to $240,00. Most employers offer gynecologists lucrative incentives, generally in the form of financial bonuses and attractive benefit packages. Working hours are frequently determined by physicians and often are flexibly convenient.