Gynecological (GYN) Malpractice
There are approximately 10,000 active gynecologists in the United States. After medical school, each must complete a 4 year residency in gynecology to study gynecological diseases, fertility, pregnancy and contraception. Typically, doctors in this field obtain concurrent gynecological and obstetrical training and, after the training period, are known as OBGYNs. While obstetricians and OBGYNs deliver babies, gynecologists do not. Not all physicians secure dual certification. According to a recent report prepared by the American Medical Group Association, the median salary for gynecology is just over $212,000.00 per year.
Most women begin treating with a gynecologist at age 21, or earlier if sexually active or suffering from a problem with the reproductive system such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Gynecologists are called upon by patients to perform a variety of services, such as breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests. Where a gynecologist fails to order the appropriate tests, or fails to perform tests properly (such as a pelvic exam that does not include thorough examination of the vulva, vagina and cervix), he or she may be liable for medical malpractice. Common diseases treated by gynecologists include:
- unusual periods;
- weight issues;
- sexually transmitted diseases; and
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