Episode 27 | MS4 Perspective: Obstetrics & Gynecology

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In this 4th year medical student (MS4) specialty episode, we investigate the field of obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn). Our specialty series with 4th year medical students consists of three parts. Part I consists of a discussion about the field. Here, we will learn about the reasons why our guests have decided to pursue a career in this specialty, likes/dislikes about the field, and common stereotypes surrounding the field. Part II explores what it takes to match into the field. Our discussions in this section include ways in which medical students can become a competitive applicant for this specialty, tips for rotations in this specialty, advice on structuring your curriculum, and ways to evaluate which residency programs to apply to. Part III is the general advice section. Here, our 4th year students will reveal the secrets to success for each year of medical school, as well as advice for pre-med students, gap year students, excelling on board exams, and more.

Our guest in this episode, Andy Chen, is completing his medical education at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Andy is a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and majored in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. Andy took four years off after college to work on his medical school application. During this period, he would take the MCAT multiple times, went on a medical mission’s trip, and obtained EMT certification. Andy’s journey to medicine has been published in the “Inspiring Stories” section on the AAMC website, which can be found at the following link: https://students-residents.aamc.org/choosing-medical-career/article/andy-chen/

Andy provides great insight into the world of Ob/Gyn, delivering a unique perspective of a being a male applicant/provider. He highlights the importance of women’s health and the variety that Ob/Gyn can offer.

For advice, tips, and a glimpse into the lives of medical students pursuing a career in Ob/Gyn, follow along!