Factors detracting students from applying for an obstetrics and gynecology residency

Dominique L. Gariti, Terrell W. Zollinger, Katherine Y. Look

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    Objective: This study compares perception about the characteristics of obstetrics-gynecology (OG) of medical students who choose to pursue a residency in OG and those students who choose to enter another specialty. Study design: Fourth-year medical students were asked to complete a survey addressing their perceptions about OG. Responses were compared of (1) those entering OG to those entering other specialties, (2) those entering OG to those who seriously considered entering OG but chose another discipline, and (3) males to females. Chi-square tests were used for the comparisons. Results: Of the 267 eligible students, 137 (51.1%) completed the survey. Clerkship satisfaction was rated as high by 88.9% of students choosing OG vs 10.2% (P < .0005) of those who chose another discipline. The emerging predominance of female providers detracted 38.5% of males vs 10.2% of females (P < .0005). Conclusion: Student perception of an OG clerkship may detract them from pursuing OG as a career.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)289-293
    Number of pages5
    JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jul 2005


    • Medical student
    • Residency selection

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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