Obstetrics and gynaecology is an exciting area with the variety and opportunity to get a mix of both medicine and surgery. In Obstetrics you spend a lot of time looking after women who are not ill, but going through a life event. In gynaecology, you can make a real difference to women with range of problems including menorrhagia, prolapse and urinary incontinence. Many new techniques and procedures have been developed over the past 30 years, and transformed the health of women and babies. Working in O&G you get the chance to work in a one of the most rewarding speciality that is constantly evolving.
 
PERSONALITY
 
  • Emotional resilience and able to cope under pressure
  • Great communication skills
  • Manual dexterity
  • Good problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Patient
 
AVERAGE WEEK
 
The normal week is made up of antenatal, gynaecology clinics and operating theatre lists; with morning or afternoon ward rounds and sessions for scanning or specialist clinics. On-call shifts are spent on labour ward with additional emergency gynaecology work assessing and managing acute gynaecology admissions. Teaching and training is an important part of a consultant’s working week, with additional time for admin and research opportunities.
 
BEST BITS
 
  • Delivering a healthy baby after a complicated labour or emergency caesarean section is the most rewarding part of the job.

  • Both medical and surgical work.

  • Acute work is exciting and unpredictable.

 
CHALLENGES
 
  • Premature deliveries, complications or still births are emotionally draining.

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, managing the patient's expectations can be difficult.

  • Dealing with miscarriages and terminations of pregnancy can be challenging.

WHAT THE FACT?
 
  • Louise Joy Brown was the world's IVF baby, born on July 25 1978 at Oldham General Hospital in the UK. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment is now common and since then, more than a million test tube babies have been born worldwide.

  • In the 1980s, Singapore set up a female sterilisation incentive programme to stop its overpopulation problem, offered $5000 (US) to women who elected to be sterilized. Interestingly, the government was targeting low income and less educated parents. It specified that both parents should be below a specified educational level and that their combined income should not exceed $750 per month.

  • Almost a quarter of all births in the UK are delivered by Caesarean section.

 
OVERVIEW
 
Salary                         4
 
Competitive                4
 
Variety in Work           5
 
Work Life Balance      4
 
 
FURTHER INFO
 
HEE Health Careers
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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