OB/GYN
 

Overview of the Specialty 

Obstetrics and Gynecology is a diversified specialty concerned with the delivery of medical and surgical care to women. Relationships with patients are long-term and are often maintained through the postmenopausal stage of a patient's life. This field combines two specialties: obstetrics, which focuses on the care of women before, during and after childbirth, and gynecology, which involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive system. Obstetrician/gynecologists often serve as consultants to other physicians, but in many cases the obstetrician/gynecologist is a primary care physician with whom patients have regular contact and obtain medical advice and counseling 

Training Requirements

Training consists of a minimum of four years of ACGME-accredited clinically oriented graduate medical education of which three years must be focused in reproductive health care and ambulatory primary health care for women including health maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, consultation and referral. There were 243 obstetrics/gynecology residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 1,255 categorical positions.

Matching Program Information and Match StatisticsObstetrics and Gynecology residency training programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Match results through the NRMP and competitiveness information for obstetrics and gynecology residency training positions are summarized in the U.S. Match Statistics table below

US Match Statistics

2015

2014

2013

2012

Competitiveness*

Interm

Interm

Interm

Low

# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors

1255

1242

1259

1240

% U.S. Seniors matched*

91%

93%

92%

96%

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

0

8

11

17

# Unmatched U.S. seniors

87

67

74

32

Source: NRMP Match results for U.S. seniors applying in a single specialty. *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice. 

WUSM Match Statistics

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Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of an obstetrics and gynecology residency training program is available in reproductive endocrinology, gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and family planning. Detailed information about the scope of this subspecialty training program, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED online database.
FREIDA

Career Information

FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.

Washington University Resources

Washington University Graduate Medical Education: GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University

Washington University Department Website:
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Faculty Contacts:  OB/Gyn

Alison Cahill, MD

747-1380

Diane Merritt, MD

747-1510

Camaryn Chrisman Robbins, MD

362-4591

Amber Cooper, MD

286-2417

Anthony Shanks, MD

362-1016

Tammy Sonn, MD

362-4591

L. Stewart Massad, MD

362-2288

Eric Strand, MD

362-4591

George Macones, MD

362-7139

Jeffrey Peipert, MD

747-6576

OB/GYN Elective Recommendations

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National Organizations

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

At A Glance
Training
4 years of residency
Categorical and advanced
positions available
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Family Planning 3years
GYN Oncology 3years
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 3years
Reproductive Endocrinology 3years
Urogynecology 3years
Pediatric/Adolescent GYN 1-2 years
Lifestyle
Median, Academic Salary $274,000
Median, Clinical Salary $309,000
Source:AAMC