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, making it one of the more popular specialties. 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 2018:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 229
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 238
  • Research: 2.3
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 2.5
  • Work: 3.1
  • Volunteer: 4.7

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2018:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 231
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 237
  • Research: 3.1
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 9.1
  • Work: 5.3
  • Volunteer: 3.6

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 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 (94%)
  2. Specialty specific Letters of Recommendation (87%), MSPE (87%)
  3. Grades in required clerkships (85%)
  4. Personal Statement (81%)
  5. USMLE Step 2 CK score (78%), Class ranking/quartile (78%)

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

  1. Flagged by NRMP (4.7), Any failed attempt in USMLE (4.7)
  2. Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.5), Visa Status (4.5)
  3. Grades in clerkship in desired specialty (4.4)
  4. Grades in required clerkships (4.3), Leadership qualities (4.3), Passing USMLE Step 2 CS (4.3)
  5. Audition elective/rotation within department (4.2)

Fast Facts

Total Training 4 years + 2 years clinical practice
Average Residency Salary $55,000
Average Work Week 58 Hours
Peak Interview Months November, January
Key Organizations and Societies: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society
American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • 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

272 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track Categorical Preliminary
Participating Programs 4 6
Filled Programs 4 6
Positions Available 6 10
Filled Positions 6 10


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  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Pelvic Reconstruction/Urogynecology