If you’re a med-student without a specialization, or even a medical professional looking to switch to another field, you’re spoiled for choice. There’s a specialization out there for anything you may care about, with medical subdivisions covering such topics as the varying kinds of cancer, pediatric medicine, or even virology (an especially relevant field of study at the moment). But there’s a particularly rewarding field I want to focus on here, one that might get overlooked but prove to be the perfect fit for many of the job seekers reading this article.
Have you thought at all about becoming an OBGYN?
I wouldn’t be shocked if you hadn’t. It is seen as a relatively niche field, as OBGYN’s typically are known for dealing with women’s health and reproductive systems. But the OBGYN discipline is so much more than that; In this article, you might find that this particular field is a good fit for you.
Let’s talk about what it means to be an OBGYN and how flexible this particular discipline tends to be.
Generalized and Specialized Medicine
What Does an OBGYN Typically Deal With?
First off, OBGYN’s are surgeons trained in gynecology and obstetrics, meaning their two main areas of expertise are treating women’s health issues (specifically issues with the reproductive system) and helping women give birth. These are by no means the only issues they can treat, as OBGYN’s can also choose to take a more generalized track. A significant number of women treat OBGYN’s as their primary care doctors, as OBGYN’s are specially trained in recognizing and treating issues that other doctors may not be. Because they build relationships with OBGYN’s early and see them about sensitive issues, most women tend to trust OBGYN’s to give them the highest quality care.
OBGYN’s typically begin seeing their patients around puberty to build a relationship with their patients, and then more frequent visits are recommended around the time their patients become sexually active. Typically, for that second visit, which is recommended around the age of 21 at the latest, OBGYN’s conduct a pelvic exam and a pap smear test to get a baseline of their patient’s reproductive health. After that, visits to the OBGYN become more frequent for most women, especially if they’re dealing with concerns around infertility, STD’s, pain during urination, or any other suspected issues with their reproductive systems.
What Tracks Can I Take if I’m Interested In More?
As much as OBGYN’s can provide primary care for their patients and are essential resources for several women, they can also dig deeper into complex issues surrounding the female reproductive system. If you’re interested in any of the following disciplines under the OBGYN umbrella, you might want to consider pursuing specialized education around them.
OBGYN’s can specialize in:
- Gynecology Oncology, or cancers that take over female reproductive systems.
- Issues of the Pelvic Floor, an area of women’s bodies that can be affected by factors like age or pregnancy. These OBGYN’s also deal with issues of the urinary tract, treating UTIs, malfunctioning bladders, and any prolapses that may occur in this region.
- High-risk pregnancies. These OBGYN’s help pregnant women with complications that might affect delivery, including high-blood pressure, diabetes, and women who experience early delivery.
The great news is, no matter which specialization you choose, or even if you want to focus on a more generalized career track, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the current OBGYN jobs available. You’ll likely find a posting that fits you and your interests, especially with the healthcare industry being as understaffed as it is at the moment.
Care About Women’s Health? This is the Place for You
An OBGYN track isn’t right for everyone, and if you’ve decided to become a neurosurgeon or someone who wants to treat families in their local area, I’m not here to convince you otherwise. But if the thought of helping someone give birth excites you, if you like the idea of seeing the same patients over and over again for different and sensitive health issues, if you care about issues of women’s health and want to have an impact in your local area… well, the OBGYN track might just be right for you.