What Does Being Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology mean ?
An Obstetrician/Gynecologist focuses on the health of women before, during and after childbearing years, diagnosing and treating conditions of the reproductive system and associated disorders.
Specialty training required prior to Board Certification: Four years plus two years in clinical practice before certification is complete.
To become certified in a particular subspecialty, a physician must be Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and complete additional training as specified by the Member Board.
- Critical Care Medicine
An Obstetrician/Gynecologist who specializes in Critical Care Medicine has expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and support of critically ill and injured patients, particularly trauma victims and patients with multiple organ dysfunction.
- Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
A subspecialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is a physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology or Urology who, by virtue of education and training, is prepared to provide consultation and comprehensive management of women with complex benign pelvic conditions, lower urinary tract disorders, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Comprehensive management includes those diagnostic and therapeutic procedures necessary for the total care of the patient with these conditions and complications resulting from them.
- Gynecologic Oncology
The Gynecologic Oncologist provides consultation and comprehensive management, including those diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of patients with gynecologic cancer and resulting complications.
- Hospice and Palliative Medicine
An Obstetrician/Gynecologist with with specialization in Hospice and Palliative Medicine has special knowledge and skills to prevent and relieve the suffering experienced by patients with life-limiting illnesses. This specialist works with an interdisciplinary hospice or palliative care team to optimize quality of life while addressing the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of both patient and family.
- Maternal and Fetal Medicine
An Obstetrician/Gynecologist with specialization in Maternal and Fetal Medicine focuses on patients with complications of pregnancy and their effect on both the mother and the fetus.
- Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
The Reproductive Endocrinologist concentrates on hormonal functioning as it pertains to reproduction as well as the issue of infertility. They also are trained to evaluate and treat hormonal dysfunctions in females outside of infertility.
source: American Board of Medical Specialties: http://www.abms.org/member-boards/contact-an-abms-member-board/american-board-of-obstetrics-and-gynecology/