Career Description

An OB/GYN, or obstetrician and gynecologist, is a type of doctor that specializes in treating female patients. OB/GYNs can act as a woman’s primary doctor, but they also specialize in care related to pregnancies and the reproductive system. OB/GYNs also identify, treat and monitor ailments related to the female anatomy, including breast cancer, cervical cancer, pelvic disorders, urinary tract infections and hormonal disorders.

Academic Requirements

OB/GYNs, because they are a specialized kind of doctor, must complete a doctor of medicine degree or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Prior to applying for and entering medical school, they’ll first need to complete a 4-year, bachelor’s degree; common majors for those seeking to become doctors include pre-med, biology and chemistry. After completing four years of medical school, aspiring doctors must complete an additional 3-8 years of internships and residencies.