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 generally offered at medical schools around the country and some online OBGYN classes are available.
10 OBGYN Colleges
These ten medical schools offer OBGYN residency programs. The tuition listed is for MD programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, Ohio||4-year, Public||$30,690 in-state, $39,884 out-of-state*|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||Minneapolis, Minnesota||4-year, Public||$38,628 in-state, $55,437 out-of-state*|
|University of South Florida||Tampa, Florida||4-year, Public||$29,175 in-state, $49,355 out-of-state*|
|New York University||New York, New York||4-year, Private||$56,272**|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Madison, Wisconsin||4-year, Public||$34,478 in-state, $46,387 out-of-state*|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus||Seattle, Washington||4-year, Public||$36,549 in-state, $66,501 out-of-state*|
|University of Arizona||Tucson, Arizona||4-year, Public||$31,652 in-state, $54,180 out-of-state*|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, California||4-year, Private||$62,964*|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||$30,437 in-state, $57,316 out-of-state*|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||Omaha, NE||4-year, Public||$33,500 in-state, $79,000 out-of-state*|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **University Website
Obstetrician College Selection Criteria
After graduating from an MD program, aspiring OBGYNs must complete a residency program. Consider the following when choosing between schools for gynecology and obstetrics:
- 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.
Additional OBGYN Educational Requirements
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 American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (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.