Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OBGYN)

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Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OBGYN)

What They Do:

An OBGYN is a doctor who has broad and specific training in obstetrics and gynecology. OBGYNs provide a wide range of preventive care services, including pap smears, sexually transmitted infection testing, pelvic exams, ultrasounds, and blood work. They answer questions about pregnancym, sex, reproductive health, infertility, and numerous other topics. They are also trained surgeons who can perform cesarean sections, instrumental deliveries during childbirth, hysterectomy, removing growths, such as ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids, as well as other surgeries to repair pelvic organ injuries.  May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

Also Known As:

Board Certified Family Physician, Family Medicine Physician, Family Physician, Family Practice Medical Doctor (FP MD), Family Practice Physician (FP Physician), Family Practitioner, Medical Doctor (MD), Medical Staff Physician, Physician, Primary Care Physician

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or the equivalent
  • Bachelor's degree in health science related major: 4 years
  • Medical School: 4 years (including classroom and clinical work)
  • Residency: 3-4 years

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