Obstetricians and Gynecologists
On the Job
Obstetricians and Gynecologists are doctors who care for women during pregnancy and childbirth. They diagnose and treat diseases of the reproductive system. They may also provide general medical care to women.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Administer non-intravenous medications.
- Care for women during pregnancy and childbirth.
- Operate on patients to treat conditions.
- Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
- Treat chronic diseases or disorders.
- Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
- Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
- Prepare official health documents or records.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Working with a group or team.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Responsibility for outcomes and results.
- High levels of competition.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
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