In Summary - Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
The Work - Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
An Obstetrician/Gynaecologist is a specialist doctor who is certified to practise independently in a specific area of medicine.
Their work involves consultation during pregnancy, attendance at delivery of maternity patients, conducting clinics for women and performing surgical operations for female reproductive medical conditions.
The Obstetrician/Gynaecologist specialises in treating and advising women on health, reproduction and childbirth issues. They advise and consult with the patient during pregnancy and also deliver antenatal classes.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical histories, reports, and examination results.
- Treat diseases of female organs.
- Care for and treat women during prenatal, natal, and postnatal periods.
- Prescribe or administer therapy, medication, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
- Perform cesarean sections or other surgical procedures as needed to preserve patients' health and deliver babies safely.
- Analyze records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient.
- Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.
- Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
- Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
- Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Interests - Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
A Gynaecologist will deal with people from all walks of life, so you need to be able to communicate effectively with them, in a language they can understand. The Gynaecologist will also need the ability to make rational and objective decisions, often while under a lot of pressure.
A Gynaecologist may well find themselves in situations that demand great emotional detachment and the ability to cope with distressing situations is vital. Practical skills are also important. A steady hand is essential for delicate operations and examination.
A medical career involves a long period of academic and clinical training, which requires considerable physical and mental stamina.
Entry Requirements - Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
A specialist is a doctor who is certified to practise independently in a specific area of medicine (eg Obstetrics /Gynacology). A specialist has completed all of their postgraduate training and does not require supervision by a more senior doctor. It can take about 15 years to become a specialist. The career pathway is as follows:
1. Medical Degree - a five to six-year undergraduate medical degree programme at one of the six medical schools in Ireland.
2. Internship - newly graduated doctors spend 12 months training in hospitals as an Intern (equivalent to ‘house officer’ in some jurisdictions), working as part of a team with nurses and experienced doctors, and earning their first salary as a doctor.
The intern year is structured so that a doctor can experience a variety of medical specialties; at least three months must be spent in general Medicine and at least three months in general Surgery. Interns can also spend 2 – 4 months in:
- Emergency Medicine
- General Practice
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Anaesthesia (to include perioperative medicine)
This variety helps the intern decide which area of medicine they want to continue training in. In Ireland, the Medical Council oversees the intern year.
3. Basic Specialist Training - Towards the end of the intern year, a doctor must choose an area of medicine to continue training in. The next stage of training is Basic Specialist Training (BST).
There are 10 BST programmes in Ireland, including Obstetrics and Gynaecology:
Postgraduate Medical Training Body
College of Anaesthetists of Ireland
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
General Internal Medicine (and its subspecialties)
Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training, RCPI
Irish College of General Practitioners
Faculty of Pathology, RCPI
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Irish College of Ophthalmologists
Paediatrics (including Neonatology)
Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI
College of Psychiatry of Ireland
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
In most cases BST is two years in duration. During this time a doctor works as a Senior House Officer (SHO), mostly in hospitals and always under the supervision of a more experienced doctor.
To find out more about BST with RCPI, click here.
4. Registrar Training - After BST most doctors want to progress to Higher Specialist Training (HST). Entry to HST is very competitive. Some doctors may need to wait for a year or two before they either meet all of the entry criteria (e.g. passing postgraduate exams) or are successful at interview.
In RCPI, the Registrar Training Programme (RTP) is designed for doctors who want to continue their training at registrar level with a view to progressing on to HST.
5. Higher Specialist Training (HST) - is designed to bring a doctor’s skills up to the standard required for independent, specialist practice. HST takes four to six years to complete, depending on the specialty. During this time a doctor works as a Specialist Registrar (SpR). On satisfactory completion of HST, SpRs receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) which allows them to enter the Specialist Division of the Medical Council.
6. Consultant - Once a doctor is on the Specialist Division of the Register with the Medical Council they are eligible to apply for consultant posts. However is not always easy to get into these highly-regarded positions. With the exception of GPs (General Practitioners), specialists in Ireland are generally referred to as ‘consultants’.
Many doctors spend some time working abroad and building up their portfolio of research, audits and publications before becoming a consultant.
Last Updated: March, 2015
Pay & Salary - Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 105k - 175k
Salary relating to all HSE Consultants:
Type A consultants: €127,000 to €175,000
Type B salaries: €120,000 to €157,000
Type C salaries: €105,000 to €134,000
Last Updated: June, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
Due to international demand for these skills, job opportunities will continue to arise.
National Skills Bulletin 2018
Useful Contacts - Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Irish Medical Council