A multicenter study to determine motivating factors for residents pursuing obstetrics and gynecology

May Hsieh Blanchard, Amy M. Autry, Haywood L. Brown, John R. Musich, Leah Kaufman, Dylan R. Wells, Robert D Stager, Jennifer L. Swanson, Kirsten J. Lund, Donald W. Wiper, Jennifer L. Bailit

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Objective: This study was undertaken to determine why residents choose obstetrics and gynecology. Study design: Applicants to obstetrics and gynecology residency programs were surveyed; a 5-point scale (5 = most important) was used to rate various aspects of the specialty. Univariate statistics were performed. Bivariate analysis comparing results that were based on gender and timing of decisions was completed with Student t test, χ2, and Kruskal-Wallis tests. Results: A total of 153 applicants (42% response rate) from 10 programs participated; 85.3% of respondents were female. Surgical opportunities, variety of clinical experience, and fast-paced/high-acuity experiences attract applicants to obstetrics and gynecology. When considering programs, resident camaraderie, gynecologic experience, and commitment to education were most important. Over 70% of residents decided to pursue obstetrics and gynecology during or after their third-year clerkship. Conclusion: Surgical opportunities and clinical variety appeal to applicants. The majority choose obstetrics and gynecology during or after their core clerkship. In addition, program dynamics are important when choosing a residency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1835-1841
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005



  • Motivators
  • Obstetrics and gynecology residency
  • Specialty choice
  • Student interest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Blanchard, M. H., Autry, A. M., Brown, H. L., Musich, J. R., Kaufman, L., Wells, D. R., Stager, R. D., Swanson, J. L., Lund, K. J., Wiper, D. W., & Bailit, J. L. (2005). A multicenter study to determine motivating factors for residents pursuing obstetrics and gynecology. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 193(5), 1835-1841. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2005.07.069