Obgyn’s, as we call them, are physicians trained in managing patients throughout their entire pregnancy process. From fertilization or lack thereof to the delivery of a newborn child and every wonderful (sometimes heartbreaking) event in between. In addition, these physicians diagnose and treat disorders of the female genitalia and organs.
It’s a tough job. You see, majority of patients love their baby doctor and have created a bond with them over the last 9+ months of seeing them. You deliver their bundle of joy.
And that’s great, that’s really great.
But the important thing is it means you’re essentially on call 24/7, 7 days a week. That’s a lot of work and why I say it’s a tough job. With that kind of work load in mind, the salary doesn’t seem to fit.
Just how much do OB/GYN physicians make?
34% of these physicians make between $200,000 and $300,000. Some make more, even as high as $500,000. If you are just starting out of residency, you might make in the low $200 thousands.
There are some obstetric gynecology physicians that make less than these numbers, about 27% or so. It’s unclear whether this is because they are part-time or if their overhead & malpractice is too high.
To become an obstetric and gynecology physician, residents must undergo 4 years of specialty training. They do not have to do a preliminary or transitional year. It’s just 4 years of straight ob/gyn. Currently, there are 242 ob/gyn residency programs offering more than 1,200 positions!
Ob/gyn doctors can also sub-specialize by doing a fellowship. However, this will set you back another 3 years for a total of 7 years of post-graduate training! Below is a list of fellowships you can do after an ob/gyn residency:
- Female Pelvic Medicine / Reconstructive Surgery
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Gynecologic Oncology / Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Obstetrics and gynecology is a surgical specialty. Expect to be in the clinic, delivery room, and operating room, a lot. Delivering babies vaginally and by c-section can be extremely rewarding but don’t forget the work load. But you might find that the rewards far outweigh the negatives. Then, go for it.