How to become an obstetrician/gynecologist

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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