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Choosing obstetrics and gynaecology
This specialty offers a unique combination of medicine and surgery
- By: David Beaumont, Sachchidananda Maiti
For some students, seeing for the first time a baby being born is one of the defining moments in their medical training. For others, the bloodshed and screaming make it an experience akin to going to war, and they spend their placement trying to avoid developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
Obstetrics and gynaecology is a unique discipline. For most doctors, the distinctive mix of medicine and surgery is the main attraction.1 In no other field are these two facets of healthcare so well intertwined. What other specialty requires the intelligence to tinker with human fertility, the communication skills to comfort a woman who has just lost her unborn child, and the skilled hands to perform an emergency caesarean section?
A wide choice of careers is available to trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology. Reproductive medicine, oncology, urogynaecology, and fetal and maternal medicine are just a few subspecialties available.2 For those who want