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Pros/Cons of OB/GYN vs. FM speciality in OB

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by apple638, Oct 23, 2001.

  1. apple638

    apple638 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2001
    Metairie, La
    I just wanted to know what the
    pros/cons are between doing a residency in OB/GYN and doing a residency in Family Practice and specializing in OB.
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  3. Magree

    Magree Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2001

    I am not an expert but I think it depends on how much of a "hard-core" OB person you want to be and whether you want to see a broader patient base than just OB-gyn issues. If you want to do high-risk patients as an FP you may run into some insurance issues since OB insurance is so expensive - also in larger cities most high-risk patients would be seen by the OBs. If you are rural minded then it may be different. Hope this helps.

  4. Djanaba

    Djanaba Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 4, 2000
    Minneapolis, MN
    I'm sort of in the same boat as the original poster. I love OB, and while I love sexual health education and care, I'm not all about hysterectomies, ex laps for ovarian pathology, fertility medicine... I just want to freakin' deliver babies! It's a tough call and I welcome any other perspectives that might help...
  5. jylu

    jylu Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    My brother does OB-GYN, so this is his perspective...

    Due to the massive insurance premiums, as a FP, you will likely be delivering only low-risk pregnancies. No high risk stuff or C-Sections. Although you might do some LTCS during your training, in the outside world, most hospitals (especially metropolitan ones) strictly reserve them for the gynecologists.

    You'll also find that a lot of FPs don't deliver babies strictly because of the time element -- all it takes is for one of your patients to suddently go into labor and suddenly your entire patient schedule that afternoon is down the tubes.
  6. apple638

    apple638 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2001
    Metairie, La
    Great insight...thanks alot for all the responses ;)

    I can't deny that Ob/Gyn is my first love but I will keep the Family Practice (specialty in OB) as a backup plan just in case.

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