Which is Better, Acne or Pregnancy?
The life of a physician is very diverse. Specialties such as obstetrics
gynecology and dermatology are gratifying and undergoing constant change.
Obstetrician gynecologists deal with new issues everyday and are often in
contact with different people (Diamond, Susan 173). I like that their
interaction with others is a part of the job. Dermatologists periodically
learn new techniques for skincare and use these techniques to serve the
public. Both of these careers serve to help people in their time of need,
interact directly with people, and result in a relationship with the
patients. These are attractive aspects of these two professions. I like
learning new things on a daily basis that may help to improve my performance
in my profession. I also enjoy working with the old, as well as the young.
For these reason I chose to compare these careers. Although obstetricians
have a tougher work schedule than dermatologists, and may have a lengthier
educational period, obstetrics gynecology is the job for me.
An obstetrician gynecologist (OBGYN) performs medical procedures for
disorders that affect or are associated with the female reproductive system,
fetus, and the newborn. They also serve as consultants to physicians who
practice in other areas of medicine while caring for women before, during,
and after childbirth. The profession can de divided into two distinct areas
(Encyclopedia 761). Obstetrics deals with childbirth, while gynecology
focuses on the treatment of disease and disorder of the female reproductive
system (Diamond, Shifra 40). Since the two
aspects commonly overlap, they are usually practiced together (2: Exploring
543). In contrast, the career of a dermatologist is very different.
Dermatologist treat and diagnose diseases, conditions, and disorders of the
skin, hair, nails, mucous membranes, and related tissues and structures.
Besides visual inspection, dermatologist may use diagnostic procedures
including: taking blood and skin samples from infected area. Dermatologists
also perform surgical procedures in areas such as skin cancer, skin grafts,
and cosmetic defects including: hair implants, dermabrasion, and chemical
The initial educational requirements of both an
obstetrician gynecologist and a dermatologist are the same. Career
preparation begins in high school. It is necessary to take the proper
classes. Biology, chemistry, physics, in which I perform well, and
trigonometry are essential for a future in medicine. Courses in computer
science are ideal because they are changing the way medical professionals
communicate (2: Exploring 545). Typically, the next step is to attend a good four-year
college that is accredited. While attaining your undergraduate degree, it is
very important to focus on your grades and your grade point average. It is
also important to take the necessary courses for admittance into medical
school. Students usually take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in
their junior or senior year of college. This is necessary because acceptance
into medical school is rather hard and extremely competitive. Applications
undergo an extensive process that considers grade point average, MCAT scores,
and recommendations from professors. After admittance into medical school,
the learning process begins with two years of basic classroom learning. At
this point, a rotation through many diverse medical specialty areas will help
to narrow your choice of a career specialty. So, by the end of the third
year, you have decided what type of doctor you want to be. Generally, medical
students apply for residency training during their fourth year. Applications
training should be submitted in order of preference. Consequently,
dermatologists and OBGYNs’ educational requirements separate. Dermatologist
internship for one year, then continue in three years of special dermatology
training. In order to study dermatopathology or dermatological immunology,
additional training is required (Career 18). However, an obstetrician
gynecologist, following internship, must complete a residency as well.
Physicians in pursuit of surgical obstetrics gynecology must first complete a
minimum of four years in residency, three years in obstetrics and gynecology,
and finally a one-year elective. In addition, all physicians must be licensed
by their state to legally practice medicine; certification by the American
Board of Obstetrics (ABOG) is highly recommended (2: Exploring 547).
There are many attractive benefits in a career
as an obstetrician gynecologist and dermatologist. First, having the title of
"physician" gains the respect of people quickly. This is a title I would
surely like to carry. OBGYNs do not have problems finding a job. Demand for
them is constantly rising, the salary is quite high, and there is the
self-gratification of helping to bring a newborn into the world (Obstetrician
1). Obstetricians also tend to develop a type of on-going relationship with
their patients (Career 16 Patin). This aspect of this job is fit for me in
that I love making new acquaintances. Dermatologists on the other hand, have
regular office hours, which makes this occupation ideal for those who want to
have a family life. Of course, I someday plan to have a family. This benefit
makes it easier to balance your home life and career than in other practices
of medicine. Also, as a benefit, dermatologist’s malpractice insurance is
reasonable, compared to that of other doctors. The increase in need for
dermatologist has risen due to the rise in skin cancer rates; more jobs are
available (Dermatologist 2).
There are unattractive aspects in obstetrician gynecology and dermatology.
The schooling for any type of physician is expensive, long, and vigorous.
Hard work and dedication
are needed to become successful in either of these professions. The cost of
medical school is
high, and all loans must be paid back. In addition, malpractice insurance is
extremely high for an OBGYN. However, dermatologists face different dilemmas.
Dermatologists rely heavily on
referrals. Consequently, starting a practice of your own is very difficult.
You must build a reputation. Also, many skin diseases that dermatologist come
into contact with are contagious. Therefore they must always be careful not
to become infected with a viruses, bacteria, or fungi (Career 17).
The average income in both obstetrician
gynecology and dermatology is good (America’s 264). The salary for an obstetrician
gynecologist and dermatologist, while in medical school, ranges from $30,000,
for those in their first year of residency to $40,000 for those in their last
year (Career 22). In 1998, after medical school, an OBGYN received a median
net income of $200,000 (Obstetrician 3). However, the starting salary for a
licensed physician ranges from $100,000, with an average of $230,000 up to
$355,000 maximum (Exploring 543 2nd). Dermatologists begin with salaries that
are somewhat higher; $150,000 is the national average. Earnings may be
increased by having a private practice, or working as an instructor at a
medical school (Exploring 22 1st ed.). According to the American Medical
Association, most doctors averaged $164,000 after expenses in 1997. Yet, this
number may be considerably higher for the current year.
A career as an obstetrician gynecologist or
dermatologist is respectable and rewarding. Both career areas allow the
physician to establish an on-going relationship with their patients while
gaining knowledge on a daily basis. Obstetricians see their patients
routine checkups and regularly during some times. This is also true for
dermatologists. OBGYNs and dermatologists are required to attend school for
many years, but are rewarded with
great salaries there after. I like the excitement of new encounters daily and
discovering new ways to solve problems. These are major assets of a
profession as an obstetrician gynecologist.
I would be able to bond with my patients, work with infants, who I love, and
experience the miracle of birth. For these reasons, obstetrics gynecology is
the job for me. I want to work
doing something that I can look forward to everyday, as well as enjoy. A
career as an obstetrician gynecologist will allow me to achieve both my
professional and personal goals.