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How did Ob/Gyn look in 2015? What did you love about your specialty and what frustrated you?

The field of obstetrics and gynecology-as well as its practitioners-are being pulled in many directions. That’s what we learned by polling out readers in this first annual Labor Force survey. Balancing family time with professional demands, paperwork with patient care, surgery with deliveries, and autonomy with liability-these are the big issues you commented on again and again. They affect each of you personally, but also the specialty as a whole and the direction it will take in the future.

What follows are key survey findings and a selection of representative comments from the 943 respondents. Are your views reflected here? Or do you beg to differ? Let us hear from you at

NEXT: Why did you choose the OB/GYN specialty?


NEXT: How optimistic are you about 2016?


NEXT: How satisfied are you with your job?


NEXT: What are your concerns for the future of OB/GYN? 


NEXT: What were your top challenges in 2015 for your practice?


NEXT: How long have you been in practice?


NEXT: How did your workload change in 2015?


NEXT: Does your practice use an EHR system?


NEXT: How many patients consider you their primary care physician?


NEXT: Are men being pushed out of the specialty?


NEXT: What were your stress levels in 2015? 


NEXT: What do you love most about being an OB/GYN? What do you like least?


NEXT: Would you choose OB/GYN again?


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