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Hi, everyone I'm in Year 12 now and I want to become a gynaecologist and obstetrician can anyone help me on how to get there?
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Out of curiosity, what sparked your interest in those specialities?
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Out of curiosity, what sparked your interest in those specialities?
I had a horrible experience when I was 10 years old in that area, so I want to help other people. Is that bad?
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I had a horrible experience when I was 10 years old in that area, so I want to help other people. Is that bad?
No, but it's important you understand what the career is like as a whole, rather than basing it on one personal experience (which is probably quite unusual - the bread and butter of obs & gynae work will be adult women, not children). You have to do 5+ years at medical school, plus two foundation years as a junior doctor in different specialties before you can start O&G training, which takes another 7+ years before being a consultant.

It's an interesting specialty, definitely, though it's not for everybody! The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has published some FAQs for school students interested in the specialty which are well worth a look, plus you can explore the rest of their site to find out more.
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No, but it's important you understand what the career is like as a whole, rather than basing it on one personal experience (which is probably quite unusual - the bread and butter of obs & gynae work will be adult women, not children). You have to do 5+ years at medical school, plus two foundation years as a junior doctor in different specialties before you can start O&G training, which takes another 7+ years before being a consultant.

It's an interesting specialty, definitely, though it's not for everybody! The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has published some FAQs for school students interested in the specialty which are well worth a look, plus you can explore the rest of their site to find out more.
Thanks that was very helpful, I actually really thinking about it now, And I did note it was adult women, not children that I would be working with
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Yeah i really wouldn't commit to a speciality without having plenty of experience in it. The fact is that the day to day realities of a speciality don't necessarily reflect individual experiences or how interesting one area of research is. For example, brains and drills may fascinate you, but if you don't want lots of hopeless cases and out of hours work going into neurosurgery would be stupid. Or the skin might not sound like the most enthralling science, but the combination of medicine and minor surgery, high proportion of rare diagnoses and 9-5 predictable nature of the work may really appeal. Your actual life could be vastly higher quality and your happiness far better!

But anyway - get some work experience in medicine more broadly and apply to medicine if you wish.
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Thanks that was very helpful, I actually really thinking about it now, And I did note it was adult women, not children that I would be working with
It's also worth knowing that you will probably spend a maximum of 2 months doing obs & gynae at medical school, out of a 5 year course, so it's really worth being sure you want to be a doctor as a whole, rather than just pinning everything on one specialty.
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