Obstetrics & Gynecology

Competitiveness: High

Obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) is a diverse specialty concerned with the delivery of medical and surgical care to women. This unique specialty combines the best aspects of primary care and surgical procedures for any residency applicant who can’t choose between the two. Training is 4 years and some OBGYN programs offer a preliminary (PGY-1) year. OBGYN has seen a marked increase in popularity as a specialty in the last few years. Due to the highly competitive nature of this specialty, it is suggested the prospective OBGYN applicants should have a high USMLE Step 1 score (+230), rotations in OBGYN, and a complete focus (no indecision) between OBGYN and other specialties.

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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 229
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 240
  • Research: 2.5
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 3.6
  • Work: 4.3
  • Volunteer: 5.8

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2020:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 237
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 245
  • Research: 3.2
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 6.8
  • Work: 5.2
  • Volunteer: 4.7

Specialty Factors

Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).

The Top 5 Most Important Obstetrics & Gynecology Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. USMLE Step 1 score (95%)
  2. Specialty specific Letters of Recommendation (82%)
  3. USMLE Step 2 CK score (82%)
  4. Personal Statement (77%)
  5. Any failed attempt in USMLE (75%)

Average Importance Rating for Each Factor (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. Applicant was flagged with Match violation by the NRMP (4.8)
  2. Any failed attempt in USMLE (4.7)
  3. Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.7)
  4. USMLE Step 2 CK score (4.3)
  5. Grades in clerkship in desired specialty (4.3)

Fast Facts

Total Training 4 years
Average Residency Salary $61,500
Average Physician Salary $297,000
Average Work Week 58 Hours
Peak Interview Months November, December
Key Organizations and Societies: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society
American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Society for Womens Health Research
  • If possible, join the organizations Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
  • Has both surgical and patient care aspects

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched

290 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical Preliminary
Participating Programs 2 6
Filled Programs 2 6
Positions Available 3 9
Filled Positions 2 9


  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Complex Family Planning
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine