Posted March 26, 2018 12:16:07 The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has opened up the doors to women seeking an OB-GYN license, and for those with an existing license, the process of obtaining a license is easier than ever.
According to a survey of nearly 2,200 OB/Gyns by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), a majority of women have a general interest in being an OBGYN, and nearly half have been interested in applying for a license, with about half of the women surveyed indicating that they have already had a license.
According the ASRM, women interested in becoming OB/GyNs are more likely to have an academic background than a general education background, with less than one in five women with an academic credential having had an OB–GYN training, compared to approximately two-thirds of women with a general degree.
More than two-third of women who indicated interest in applying have received a referral from a doctor who has been practicing for at least three years, compared with approximately half of women without an academic degree.
Women who have received referrals from a physician with a two-year license are less likely to be considering an OB in a general capacity, but still appear to be seeking an appointment, with nearly three-quarters of women indicating that a referral has helped them.
The ASRM survey also revealed that women who have an existing OB/gyn license may not be able to obtain one from the state, and that some states may require a doctor to have a special license, which may mean they cannot obtain a license as an osteopathic doctor.
A few states have passed legislation to allow people to obtain an OBGN license if they have been a practicing physician for at at least two years, including New Jersey, which passed a bill in March 2018 allowing doctors to be licensed if they had been practicing as an obstetrician-gynecologist or gynecologist for two years.
The law allows OBGYNs who have been practicing since July 2018 to obtain a doctorate in OB/ Gyns, or ob/gyn, with a special designation.
New York State passed a similar bill in 2016, and Oregon, Florida and Washington State passed laws allowing OB/ Gyns to obtain licenses after two years of experience in the field.
Ob/Gym nurses and physical therapists can obtain a certification from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANAS) to become OB/Gs.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is an independent medical organization that has a professional code of ethics that requires physicians to act with integrity, care and compassion, as well as to treat all people equally.
ACOG also recommends that OB/gyns obtain the professional medical education and licensure of an osteopathy or general practitioner.
For more information on the Affordable Care (ACA) health care law and to find out if you qualify, visit: www.acog.org.AOA has also issued guidance for providers who are looking to practice OB/ gyns in the ACA health care marketplace.