Gynaecologist/Obstetrician Kaimātai Take Wahine/Whakawhānau Tamaiti
Gynaecologists/obstetricians advise, diagnose and treat issues with the female reproductive system, and provide medical care for women before, during and after pregnancy.
Gynaecologists/obstetricians need to be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand.
Gynaecologists/obstetricians may do some or all of the following:
- identify and treat problems of the female reproductive system, such as menstrual disorders, abnormal bleeding, miscarriages, infertility and cysts
- check and provide treatment for cancer of the female reproductive system
- examine and prepare treatment plans for pregnant women, particularly women with known health conditions such as asthma
- deliver babies and check the post-delivery progress of mothers
- discuss and prescribe contraceptive options
- perform surgery when necessary
- consult with other medical professionals about patient care and treatment
- keep medical records and send final reports to general practitioners
- teach medical students and trainee gynaecologists/obstetricians
- carry out research.
Useful experience for gynaecologists/obstetricians includes:
- work in hospitals or other health-related work, such as in clinics
- work caring for people.
Gynaecologists/obstetricians need to be:
- interested in women's health
- able to work well under pressure and remain calm in emergencies
- able to make good decisions, and solve problems
- good at managing time
- good at working in a team
- understanding and good at listening
- good at report writing
- skilled at communicating and inspiring confidence in others
- understanding of other cultures' attitudes to medical treatment.
Gynaecologists/obstetricians need to have knowledge of:
- anatomy, with in-depth knowledge about pregnancy and the female reproductive system
- how to perform surgery
- different diseases and illnesses
- how to diagnose problems effectively
- new research, treatments, technology and medical practices
- medical ethics and law.
- may work long and irregular hours, including evenings, nights and weekends
- work in hospitals, clinics, consulting rooms and operating theatres
- work in conditions that may be stressful, as they may deal with medical emergencies
- travel locally and overseas to conferences and meetings.
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include maths, chemistry, physics, health, biology and English.
Gynaecologists/obstetricians may progress to teach students and trainee gynaecologists/obstetricians at larger hospitals. They can also become senior consultants with responsibility for gynaecological/obstetric departments.
Gynaecologists/obstetricians may move into specialist areas such as:
- gynaecological oncology (focusing on treating women who have cancers of the reproductive organs)
- high-risk pregnancies
- urogynaecology (the diagnosis and treatment of incontinence in women)
Years Of Training14 years of training required.
To become a gynaecologist/obstetrician you need to:
- complete the Health Sciences First Year programme at Otago University, or the first year of either the Bachelor of Health Sciences or Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at Auckland University
- complete a five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree at Otago or Auckland University
- work for two years as a house officer (supervised junior doctor) in a hospital
- complete another six years as a registrar with specialist training and passing examinations to become a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
You also need to be registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand.
- University of Otago website - information about the Health Sciences First Year programme
- University of Otago website - information about the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- University of Auckland website - information about the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website - information on gynaecologist/obstetrician training
- Medical Council of New Zealand website - information on gynaecologist/obstetrician training
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