We provide services within the scope of the specialty of Obstetrics & Gynecology. You may find answers to the following questions helpful.
What are Obstetricians and Gynecologists?
- Obstetrician-gynecologists are physicians who specialize in the general medical care of women, as well as care related to pregnancy and the reproductive tract.
What training is required for obstetricians & gynecologists and what is covered?
- The obstetrician-gynecologist goes through four years of specialized residency training in areas dealing with pre-conceptional health, pregnancy, labor and childbirth, postpartum care, genetics, and prenatal diagnosis.Training in gynecology also covers women’s general health, including care of reproductive organs, breasts and sexual function. Screening for cancer of many organs is performed or initiated by the Ob-Gyn specialist. Gynecology also includes management of hormonal disorders, treatment of infections, and training in surgery to correct or treat pelvic organ and urinary tract problems, including cancer of the reproductive organs. During four years of training, the obstetrician-gynecologist learns about aspects of preventive health care, including exams and routine tests that look for problems before one falls sick, immunizations, overall health and provision of care for a range of medical problems, not just those of the reproductive system.
Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology
- After residency, a physician may seek certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.To become Board certified, a physician must pass a written test to demonstrate that he or she has obtained the special knowledge and skills required for medical and surgical care of women. He or she must also show experience in treating women’s health care prior to the oral examination. An oral examination is given by a team of well-respected national experts; the exam tests the physician’s skills, knowledge and ability to treat different conditions. The examiners also review the patients the physician treated during the past year.
Maintenance of Certification
- Physicians certified after 1986 must actively participate in the Maintenance of Certification process to maintain their certification.
Training and Certification in Subspecialties
Board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists may become further specialized in the areas of:
- maternal-fetal medicine (care of high-risk pregnancy),
- gynecologic oncology (care of women with cancers of the reproductive system),
- reproductive endocrinology and infertility (care of women who have hormonal or infertility problems), and
- female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (care of urinary tract dysfunction and disorders stemming from loss of support of pelvic structures).
This extra training and certification requires three years of training after a basic residency, and the passing of both a written and oral examination.
All certified obstetrician-gynecologists can treat patients with these disorders; however, some physicians have this extra training that qualifies them to take a written and oral test to be certified in these areas.
Verification of Physician Certification
- Verification of a physician’s certification with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology is available ONLINE . Please go to the section entitled “Diplomate Verification” on ABOG website and follow the directions.
- Verification of a physicians certification with ABOG is available at no charge.
- Only physicians certified with ABOG may be viewed online.
Is there any other way to verify a physician’s Certification without contacting ABOG?
- Yes, through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) at 1-866-275-2267(for patients or potential patients).The ABMS can only give you information if a physician is certified. They cannot give the various completed phases of a physician if he is not yet certified. Also, the ABMS does not have the names of all certified physicians. Prior to 1995, physicians had the right not to be listed in outside directories. A small percentage of physicians have chosen not to be published.