How to become an obstetrician/gynecologist

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An obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) is a physician who incorporates medical and surgical care to women and has a high level of expertise in pregnancy, childbirth and the health of the reproductive system. Requiring years of training and preparation, becoming an OB/GYN is both challenging and rewarding.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Prepare beginning in high school. Acceptance to medical school requires excellent grades, involvement in leadership and extracurricular activities, and an interest in science and medicine.

  2. 2

    Receive an undergraduate degree. Coursework in pre-med is helpful, but not required. Experience in courses such as biology, chemistry, genetics, physics and organic chemistry are helpful.

  3. 3

    Take a medical school entrance exam and apply to medical schools.

  4. 4

    Obtain a Medical Degree (M.D.) from an accredited university. Medical school traditionally takes four years.

  5. 5

    Apply for residency in an OB/GYN program. These residency programs last 4 years. Once graduated from an OB/GYN residency, you will be able to practice this specialty of medicine as a licensed physician.

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