OBGYN Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Obstetricians care for pregnant women and their babies before, during and after childbirth. Gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system. Generally, these two fields are studied in unison in an OBGYN program. OBGYNs must earn a bachelor's degree and graduate from medical school before starting their residency training program.

How to Select an OBGYN School

OBGYN schools are called residency training programs and are offered by teaching hospitals or clinics, often in conjunction with a local medical school. Residency programs for OBGYNs are required and are available only to postgraduate medical students. Residency programs are four years long and use rotations through different services in the hospital or clinic, such as general obstetrics and gynecology, gynecological oncology, reproductive endocrinology and urogynecology to provide hands-on training for residents. Residency programs also use the teaching and supervising of medical students as a learning modality.

One of the primary considerations when selecting an OBGYN residency program is accreditation. In order to qualify to take the OBGYN board exams, residents must complete a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (www.acgme.org). Although licensing requirements vary throughout the states, many also require the completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in order to qualify for licensure.

Since residents will be receiving most of their education from the hospital or clinic that they serve at, in addition to spending many rotation and on-call hours there, choosing the right medical center for residency is important. Hospitals, clinics and medical centers offering accredited residency programs should have an accomplished and attentive faculty, extensive clinical and research training opportunities, up-to-date equipment and full obstetric and gynecological care services available.

An additional matter when choosing an OBGYN residency is whether training in sub-specialties is offered. There are many sub-specialties that residents may want to study or specialize in, including gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, breast disorders, urogynecology, high-risk obstetrics, neo-natal care, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, reproduction genetics and prenatal diagnostics.

Largest Schools and Residencies by Student Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Ohio State University-Main Campus 53,715 4-year, Public
University of Florida 51,474 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 51,140 4-year, Public
Michigan State University 46,510 4-year, Public
University of South Florida-Main Campus 46,189 4-year, Public
New York University 42,189 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Wisconsin-Madison 41,620 4-year, Public
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 39,675 4-year, Public
University of Arizona 38,057 4-year, Public
University of Southern California 33,747 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Virginia Commonwealth University 32,044 4-year, Public
Boston University 31,766 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Wayne State University 31,024 4-year, Public
University of California-Davis 30,568 4-year, Public
The University of Tennessee 30,410 4-year, Public
University of Missouri-Columbia 30,130 4-year, Public
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 29,617 4-year, Public
University of Kansas 29,365 4-year, Public
University of Iowa 29,152 4-year, Public
University of Nevada-Las Vegas 28,600 4-year, Public

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