The recruitment phoenix: Strategies for attracting medical students into obstetrics and gynecology

Jessica L Bienstock, Douglas W. Laube

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In less than a decade, the popularity of obstetrics and gynecology as a career choice has declined significantly. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) are working to develop a multifaceted approach aimed at reversing this trend. We report on the findings and action plan developed by the ACOG Medical Student Recruitment Task Force as well as the current activities of APGO related to recruitment. Strategies include improving the quality of the medical student clerkship, frankly addressing gender and lifestyle issues that dissuade students from choosing obstetrics and gynecology as a career, and engaging students early in their medical school careers through student interest groups and mentoring programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1125-1127
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5 I
Publication statusPublished - May 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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