Physicians in the obstetrics and gynecology fields tend to focus on women’s health care and for the most part, OB-GYNs are generalists, although some will pursue subspecialties such as reproductive endocrinology. There were 255 OB-GYN programs offered in 2018 with only 1,336 positions offered. Out of those 1,336 spots, there were 1,228 U.S. Senior applicants, of which 1,051 received matches. This means that not every US Senior who wanted to pursue an OB-GYN residency got one, a sign the specialty is more competitive. According to U.S. News & World Report, here are some of the best medical schools that will prepare you for a an obstetrics and gynecology residency match. It’s important to note that In OB-GYN specifically, a little more than 30% of those who matched came from one of the 40 schools that receive the most NIH research funding, meaning you don’t need to get into an elite school to pursue a great career in OB-GYN.
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In the 2018 residency match, seven WashU students chose to pursue a residency in OB-GYN. Third-year students rotate through a six-week required clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology, and fourth-year students have an opportunity to pursue additional electives such as a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Outpatient Care Subinternship, an Endocrinology-Infertility Subinternship, and OB/GYN Ultrasound-Genetics, plus Special Topics in Reproductive Health . Located in the Midwest in St. Louis, Missouri, WashU is a top-ranked medical school with one of the highest median GPAs and MCAT scores, 3.91 and 521 (a 99th percentile score).
8. (tie) University of Pittsburgh
Seven UPSOM students matched into OB-GYN in 2018, with several others choosing sub-specialties. The 4-week OB-GYN clerkship at UPSOM emphasizes health care for women of reproductive and postmenopausal ages. Students rotate through three clinical segments, including outpatient services, obstetrics (labor and delivery suite), and gynecology (private service and university service). Daily schedules include teaching rounds, evaluation of outpatients, preparation of patients for surgery and assisting at surgery and deliveries, postoperative and postpartum care and the clerkship takes place at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine class of 2022 chose 162 matriculants from close to 7,000 applications. Those selected had a median MCAT score of 516 and a mean GPA of 3.78.
8. (tie) Duke University
The 2018 Match Day at Duke sent 4 seniors to OB-GYN residencies. The MD program attracts 7,000 applications from 37 states, with a median MCAT score of 519 for the 116 matriculants, that’s roughly in the 98th percentile. Students follow a six-week Clinical Core Clerkship in obstetrics and gynecology in their second year, giving them plenty of time and additional opportunities for clerkship before choosing whether to pursue an OB-GYN residency. The clerkship is divided into 3 sub-rotations, each of which is approximately 14 days in duration. Emphasis is placed upon meaningful clinical experiences and inter-professional collaboration. Students are encouraged to be intimately involved in the diagnosis, management and care of the patient.
As part of your MD education at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, your OB-GYN clerkship rotation will expose you to medical and surgical principles of patient care. You will deliver babies and learn how reproductive changes across the life cycle affect a woman’s health and the manifestation and treatment of diseases. What you learn about reproductive health and skills during this clerkship will enable you to care for women throughout their lives, and the principles you learn will be integral in whatever area of medicine you ultimately practice. The Chicago-based medical school admits a class of 161, with a median GPA of 3.91 and a median MCAT score of 520.
The UM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides a hands-on approach to learning by doing. A physician specializing in obstetrics or gynecology often is considered a woman’s primary care provider, and with this in mind, students are encouraged to learn not only obstetrics and gynecology, but women’s health in general. During the six-week clerkship, most students will encounter a multitude of clinical problems in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. The clerkship includes labor and delivery, gynecologic surgery and outpatient clinics. Students are assigned to either the University Hospital or a partner site for the clinical portion of the six-week rotation. With median GPA and MCAT scores of 3.88 and 518, Michigan saw 12 of its 2018 seniors match into OB-GYN residencies.
An MCAT score around 519 will make you a competitive applicant to Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons which matched 9 seniors to OB-GYN residency programs in 2018. The school admitted 140 students to its MD class of 2022. The Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship is a five-week clinical rotation during the major clinical year of study. Students are assigned to one of two sites: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital or Stamford Hospital. There are also multiple electives to choose from, including gynecologic oncology and maternal fetal medicine.