Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynecologists provide health care for women in some of the most intimate areas of their health, sexuality and wellbeing. As physicians who specialize in treating women’s reproductive health problems, EVMS Medical Group Obstetricians and Gynecologists partner with patients to optimize health during each phase of their life. Our physicians work with each patient to develop a personalized plan to best suit their individual health care needs and lifestyle. Our Gynecologists are fulltime faculty at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). Our faculty are dedicated to providing patient-centered quality care, participating in the latest research and teaching the next generation of gynecologists.
The obstetrician gynecologist (OB-GYN) goes through four years of specialized residency training in areas dealing with pre-conceptional health, pregnancy, labor and childbirth and postpartum care, genetics, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis.
Training in gynecology also covers women’s general health, including care of reproductive organs, breasts and sexual function. Screening for cancer at multiple sites is performed or initiated by the OB/GYN specialists. Gynecology also includes management of hormonal disorders, treatment of infections and training in surgery to correct or treat pelvic organ and urinary tract problems.
During four years of training, OB-GYN physicians learn about aspects of preventive health care, including exams and routine tests that look for problems before you are sick, immunizations, overall health and provision of care for a range of medical problems, not just those of the reproductive system.
Board-certified OB-GYN’s may further specialize in the area of:
- Maternal-fetal medicine (care of high-risk pregnancy)
- Reproductive endocrinology and infertility (care of women who have hormonal or infertility problems, and
- Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (urogynecology, care of urinary tract dysfunction and disorders stemming from loss of support of pelvic structures).
This extra training and certification requires three years of training after a basic residency, and the passing of both a written and oral examination.