The Steps and Education Required to Become an O.B.G.Y.N.
What is an O.B.G.Y.N.?
O.B.G.Y.N. stands for Obstetrician/Gynecologist
An obstetrician is a physician who has had training in management of pregnancy labor and puerperium. This is the time period that comes right after childbirth.
A gynecologist is a physician who completed education in the health of the female reproductive system. The diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases is included with this.
When you put the two together, it is when a physician provides a woman with surgical and medical care. You have to be an expert in the following things: pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system.
This includes the following things: preventative care, prenatal care, Pap test screening, family planning.
To Be An O.B.G.Y.N.
Graduation from a confirmed and approved medical school.
- Completion of an OB/GYN residency program (minimum of 4 years in length) that is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
- Experience in primary and preventive care role for the equivalent of at least 6 months of the residency, including inpatient and ambulatory care.
- Increase in patient responsibility with each year of training
- Serving as chief (senior) resident during final year of residency
Basic Steps to an O.B.G.Y.N.
- Keep Current