Career Profile: Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Matrice Browne, M.D., Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Colonel U.S. Army, Chief, Department of Women’s Health, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky
National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education
I chose this career because…
I chose to become an obstetrician/gynecologist because of early parental influence and my interests in school. Both of my parents are registered nurses. My father, who is a retired Army Nurse Corps Colonel, encouraged me to pursue a career in medicine. Through junior high and high school, various teachers and courses peaked my interest in obstetrics and gynecology. This career field encompasses many specialties that focus on the care of women and their families as well.
• Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas
• Doctor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland
My typical workday involves…
My typical workday centers on my responsibilities as the Chief of the Department of Women’s Health at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. I administer the care of our patients, manage the budget, recommend appropriate staffing, and supervise 50 personnel.
Major Clinical Duties:
• Diagnosis and treatment – chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, abnormal pap smear, infertility, sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic masses – ovarian cysts and fibroid uterus, miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy
• Office procedures and health counseling – colposcopy, hysteroscopy, ultrasound, bartholin cyst I&D, contraceptive counseling, routine health maintenance, adolescent sexual health, domestic violence and sexual assault
• Surgical procedures – dilation and curettage, hysterectomy, tubal ligation, diagnostic laparoscopy, bladder suspension
• Clinician – I care for the patient during pregnancy, deliver the baby, and provide specialty care including an operation if necessary.
• Educator – I instruct medical students and residents in the care of the female patient. I have also taught at the medical school.
• Mentor – I advise high school and college students about careers in medicine. I give guidance to medical students who want to pursue a career in OB/GYN. I give guidance to residents and junior staff as they progress in their careers.
What I like best/least about my work…
What I like best about my work is the diversity of my workday. No two days are exactly alike. I especially enjoy interacting with the families as they bring a new life into the world.
What I like least about my work is the long hours and paperwork!
My career goals are…
My career goals are to retire from the Army in a few years and begin devoting more time to my children. However, I will continue to practice OB/GYN in the community.