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Obstetrics and gynaecology

Obstetrics and gynaecology is concerned with the care of pregnant woman, her unborn child and the management of diseases specific to women. The specialty combines medicine and surgery.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine, MBBS. 2 years foundation doctor training, 7 years specialist training (ST1-7). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends. On call highly likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

For this role you'll have good one to one patient skills including listening skills and emotional resilience. To perform your role fully you will have the stamina and the ability to work under pressure in difficult situations, whilst having good manual dexterity for O&G procedures. You'll have excellent communication skills which are aided by your problem-solving and decision making capabilities. You'll also posses the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and have good leadership skills.


There are 2,133 consultants in obstetrics and gynaecology in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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