Obstetrics/Gynecology at a Glance

Obstetrics/Gynecology at a Glance

Core pay range (MGMA 25th and 75th percentiles, 2000): $183,000 to $280,000.

Pay direction: Inching upward. MGMA says median pay was up less than 3% in four years (1996-2000), much less than general inflation. Recruiters do not list ob/gyn as one of the “hot” fields experiencing significant pay inflation, although there is adequate demand for all residency grads to find jobs. Women comprise about a third of ob/gyns and about 70% of residents in the field. About 47% of women patients prefer a woman ob/gyn.

Number (nationwide): About 40,000.

Entries to field per year: About 1,200.

What obstetrician/gynecologiests do/subspecialties: Most women’s health issues, including reproductive and urological matters and childbirth. Ob/gyns sometimes classed as PCPs; also classed as surgeons. Fertility is growing and higher-paying subspecialty.

Common reimbursement methods: Pregnancy and birth commonly reimbursed by “global payment” that includes all visits and attending birth. Gynecological services are commonly paid by fee-for-service, but there is also capitation.

Common group structures: Many single-specialty solo and relatively small practices; ob/gyns are in nearly all sizable multispecialty practices.

Main professional society: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington, D.C., (202) 638-5577, www.acog.org.

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