A Day in the Life of a OBGYN PA
Obstetrics and Gynecology PA
Baylor College of Medicine, 2010
1.What is your specialty? Where do your work?
Mostly gynecology but I do see some obstetrics patients for new pregnancy confirmations. I work at Sweetwater OB/GYN Associates in Sugar Land, TX. The office also has an aesthetics and hormone and wellness side called Sugar Land Hormone and Wellness.
2. What is a typical day like? What hours/days do you work/total hours a week?
I see a variety of patients for women’s health issues. I perform a variety of task including well woman exam, cervical cancer screening with pap smears, birth control consults, family planning consults, and screening for sexually transmitted infections. I often will treat see and treat other common gynecological complaints such as bacterial vaginosis infections, yeast infections, abnormal menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, infertility, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, abnormal pap smears (cervical dysplasia), numerous other problems. Some days, I perform procedures such as endometrial biopsies, colposcopy exams, cryotherapy for cervical dysplasia treatment, genital wart removal, Nexplanon implant removal or insertions, IUD removals or insertions, and bio-identical hormone pellet treatments. On the aesthetics side, I see the majority of our weight loss patients. Some days, I see patients for various laser treatments for spider vein removal, permanent hair reduction treatment, laser genesis for rosacea or acne scars, laser frequency ablation treatments, vaginal rejuvenation treatment for vaginal dryness related to menopause or for urinary incontinence treatment, and trusculpt body contouring consults and treatments. I work 40-50 hours a week and see 75-125 patients a week (avg. 20 pts/day).
3. What attracted you to your particular specialty originally?
I always enjoyed doing procedures and had a great experience when I was doing my rotations in women’s health back in my PA school days.
4. What do you find most interesting about your current specialty?
I am constantly learning new things in the field every day. I find women’s health fascinating and feel it is an important task that I have to help women have more knowledge about their bodies and to help them with their health problems.
5. What special skills are required? Skills you learn once you were hired? See reply to question 2 above.
6. What do you like most about being a PA?
Helping my patients with their health and well-being is first and foremost for me. I also like the flexible hours and flexibility for growth and change.
7. What are the challenges of your particular specialty?
I think a big challenge is dealing with insurances and trying to get important tests or treatments covered for my patients. However, I think this is a wide-spread no matter the specialty.
8. Any other advice you’d like to share?
Do what you love! You will have good days and bad days, but the good days will make those bad days so worth it. Good luck to anyone who plans to journey down this road!