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How to become a OB/GYN

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I am a Junior still in highschool but I am really thinking about looking into become a OB/GYN because its something that has always sparked my interest. I would like to know how to go about after graduation? Which classes do I need for general ED and which math classes should i be taking? I was planning on going to a community college right after highschool.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 40 years experience.

Well, an OB/GYN is a physician. You would need to do a four year college degree, usually majoring in some type of science (biology, chemistry) THEN apply to and geta ccepted into medical school (another four years) THEN you do a 4 year residency.

After all that (12 years and approximately $100,000 in student loan debt later) you are an OB/GYN.

It is a lot of schooling to become an OBGYN. Another option if that last post scared you is to become a midwife. Its along the same lines as an OBGYN physician but it takes the nursing route instead of the MD route.

Since you are looking to start at a CC - I would suggest going for your RN. From there you will have to transfer to another school to get your masters.

As for classes to take right now- if your school offers Anatomy and Physiology that would be helpful as well as Chemistry.

Good luck!!!

WannaBNursey, ADN, ASN, RN

Specializes in ER, Med-surg.

An Ob/Gyn is a MD or DO doctor. You need a four year degree preferably in a hard science like Chemistry or Biology (the pre reqs required for med school are usually included in those two majors, but not so much in a nursing major). After 4 years, you need to take the MCAT and try to get into med school. Just because you do a 4 year degree and take the MCAT does not mean you are guaranteed to get into Medical School. You need to survive your pre-reqs (2 semesters of chemistry, 2 semesters of organic chemistry, 2 semesters of biology, 2 of physics, and 2 semesters of calculus, some med schools are including biochemistry in their pre-reqs) with a very high GPA and be prepared to take your MCAT and get plenty on community service and extracurricular activities and shadow doctors, the list of requirements goes on and on and on. Then after this you need to survive 4 years of medical school and then hope you can get into the specialty of your choice after school (it's a bit more difficult to get an OB/GYN residency with a DO) after you graduate medical school and get into your residency, you OB/GYN residency is another 4 years usually over 80 hours per week and making minimum wage.

I wanted to become an Ob/Gyn for the longest time, but I had found Nurse Midwifery or Ob/GYN nursing to be a great alternative! You're young, if you really really want to be a doctor, you can do it! Time is on your side! Good luck to you.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

I have talked to so many residents who have said that if they knew then what they know now, they never would have done it. That's the hook with becoming a physician - by the time you realize how awful it is, you've already invested so much time and money into it that you just can't quit. I personally would never recommend medical school to anyone, and neither would most of my physician friends/acquaintances.