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An obstetrician is a physician who has successfully
completed specialized education and training in the management of
pregnancy, labor, and pueperium (the time-period directly following
A gynecologist is a physician who has a successfully
completed specialized education and training in the health of the
female reproductive system, including the diagnosis and treatment of
disorders and diseases.
Typically, the education and training for both fields occurs
concurrently. Thus, an obstetrician/gynecologist is
a physician specialist who provides medical and surgical care to
women and has particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and
disorders of the reproductive system. This includes preventative
care, prenatal care, detection of sexually transmitted diseases,
Pap test screening, and family planning.