Job Title: Physician
Type of Company: Group practice, OB/GYN
Education: BA, Biochemistry, Brown University MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
Previous Experience: I volunteered in an emergency room and an operating room as an undergraduate.
Job Tasks: I work in my office examining patients three to four days a week. This includes routine physical exams, visits for problems, minor office procedures and prenatal exams. I usually spend eight hours a day with patients and several hours a week reviewing their laboratory reports, pathology reports and radiology reports and discussing the results with them. Every week I spend a day at the hospital on call for delivering babies, examining in-patients and seeing emergency room patients. This can include going to the operating room for an emergency surgery.
Usually, one to one and a half days a week I perform gynecologic surgery at the hospital.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I get to see a number of patients daily. I enjoy seeing new patients and hope that I can help them with their concerns. I enjoy seeing my returning patients, too, whether they are present for a healthy visit or a new problem. I always hope to be able to help all of these patients to feel better or deliver a healthy baby.
The worst part is having something unfortunate happen. Sometimes there are very sad outcomes for families. It is extremely difficult for the physician to relay the news of a non-viable baby to a family. It is also extremely difficult for the medical providers to process the situation.
1. As an undergraduate, you should pursue as many literature, history, and arts courses as you can. This is your opportunity to explore these areas.
2. As a medical student, expect to spend many hours in the library studying.
3. Prepare for very long hours as an Intern and resident. This is where you will put in many hours, learning and preparing to practice on your own.
Additional Thoughts: Be prepared to always be on call for your patients. You will continue to have long daytime hours as you enter private practice. The grueling part is the night-time call. You will be required to share these duties with your partners. For OB/GYNs, the nights are very busy. You may need to refrain from working the day after being on call due to fatigue.
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