Dermatology and obstetrics

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Dermatology and Obstetrics

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 face peels.
     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 for specialty

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 periodically for
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.

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