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Gynecologic Oncology

Discussion in 'Ob/Gyn' started by magnolia014, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. magnolia014

    magnolia014 Junior Member
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    Can anyone enlighten me as to what life is like for gyn onc specialists? Are they on call a lot? Do they have to work long hours during the day?

    What about malpractice insurance?

    thanks!
     
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  3. Global Disrobal

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    Call depends on the setting...

    The ones I am familiar with allow the fellows to take the calls and are available if the fellows/residents have a question. They divide up the duties amongst the members of the team.

    The work hours are not pleasant. Often the cases go over the requested time and can range from 3-10 hours. OR schedule can be heavy, whereas the office setting is more flexible and benign.

    The malpractice, yet again is setting dependent however the relative absence of Obstetrics does matter.

    Its a great subspecialty for people that love surgery, especially technical aspects. It is 3 years in lenght following the OB-GYN residency so it does require a great sense of commitment. In general, out of the people I know, it has been mostly males that have gone into this subspeciality whereas the females have been more attracted to Urogyn as a subspecialty.
     
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    More women are attracted to urogyn as a subspecialty vs. gyn onc??

    I wonder why...isn't urogyn just has surgically heavy and very technical?

    Is it the hours?

    Which do you think is surgically more challenging - urogyn or gyn onc?
     
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    Its is a surgically heavy specialty, but in comparison to Gyn Onc its more benign. The cases don't approach the hours involved in Onc cases and the diagnosis/prognosis are very different as well. Gyn Onc can be emotionally draining with some sad outcomes, whereas in Urogyn it is the opposite (albeit not all the time).

    I think it provides a good sub-specialty for female ob-gyns that love the technical aspect of surgery but want better hours.
     
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    I would give the technical difficulty to Gyn Onc over Urogyn. They are both interesting and challenging, but the challenges the GynOnc's face in the OR are far greater.
     

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