Trained doctors can become OBGYNs by completing a residency program and passing a licensure exam; they may also complete a fellowship in a specialty area of interest. Residency and fellowship programs are available at medical schools around the country.
10 Schools with OBGYN Programs
These ten medical schools offer OBGYN residency programs. The tuition listed is for MD programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, Ohio||4-year, Public||$30,690 in-state, $35,364 out-of-state|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||Minneapolis, Minnesota||4-year, Public||$37,872 in-state, $51,510 out-of-state|
|University of South Florida||Tampa, Florida||4-year, Public||$29,175 in-state, $50,364 out-of-state|
|New York University||New York, New York||4-year, Private||$49,080|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Madison, Wisconsin||4-year, Public||$26,117 in-state, $36,013 out-of-state|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus||Seattle, Washington||4-year, Public||$33,519 in-state, $63,954 out-of-state|
|University of Arizona||Tucson, Arizona||4-year, Public||$30,284 in-state, $50,528 out-of-state|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, California||4-year, Private||$56,848|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||$21,837 in-state, $48,716 out-of-state|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||Omaha, NE||4-year, Public||$28,482 in-state, $70,850 out-of-state|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report
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College Selection Criteria
After graduating from an MD program, aspiring OBGYNs must complete a residency program. Consider the following when choosing between programs:
- It is important to find a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
- It can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the board exam offered by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).
- Students who want to pursue a career in a particular setting, such as a large hospital or a specialized gynecology clinic, may want to look for a residency program that includes training in that setting.
- Prospective residents who plan to pursue a specialized fellowship when they graduate may want to find out what the placement rate is for graduates who pursue that field.
In four-year obstetrics/gynecology (OBGYN) residency training programs, students take advanced courses and get extensive clinical experience in the field. Topics of study include endometriosis, endoscopy, pelvic infections, urinary incontinence and sexual health. Some programs give residents the opportunity to conduct research in the field. Upon completion, graduates are prepared to take the ABOG board exam and start practicing in the field or enroll in a specialty fellowship program. It is important to note that medical residents are paid.
After completing a residency program, trained OBGYNs can complete one or more fellowships in specialty areas of interest. Options include reproductive endocrinology, gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and family planning. Fellowship programs usually last for one to two years. Like residents, fellows receive a stipend.
Training programs for aspiring OBYGNs is available through residency and fellowship programs at medical schools. Residency programs should adequately prepare students to pass board exams and provide training in the kind of clinic where they want to work in the future.