Although most obstetrician- gynecologists are pleased with their careers, nearly one in four ob-gyns
are experiencing significant dissatisfaction with their profession, according to a study by UC Davis Medical
Center researchers published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
A related editorial notes the decline in the number of U.S. medical students entering the field of ob/gyn.
Steps should be taken to reverse these trends that do not bode well for the future of women's health care,
say the authors.
The principal investigator for the study was Richard L. Kravitz, director of the Center for Health Services
Research in Primary Care. Using data from the Community Tracking Study physicians' survey for the years
1996 through 1999, the researchers found that ob/gyns had significantly lower overall career satisfaction
than did primary care physicians, such as internists or family physicians.