Reproductive specialists are physicians who specialize in obstetrics and gynecology and have particular training in the area of fertility. They are familiar with complex problems related to reproduction and develop methods to help patients conceive successfully.
Reproductive specialists help patients understand the various factors that influence fertility, specifically genetic factors. They advise treatment options that can help improve the chances of conceiving a child. They also oversee nontraditional conception procedures like in vitro fertilization.
Advances in the area of reproductive medicine have given hope to those who seek medical assistance in starting or adding to a family. As new methods are developed, a greater demand for reproductive specialists will follow.
Working Conditions & Context
Reproductive specialists work in medical offices as part of a medical team or in private practice. They often employ a staff of nurses, technicians, and administrative personnel.
Reproductive specialists work directly with those seeking to conceive a child. In many cases, they will work together over an extended period of time.
A typical Salary Range for this career is $269,000 - $366,000 annually.
The Median Income for this career is about $326,000 annually.
Students interested in a career as a reproductive specialist should pursue a pre-med course in college. Courses should include biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology, in addition to mathematics and other science courses.
Medical school is the next step, with a more specialized course of general medicine classes. Following medical school, doctors wishing to specialize in reproduction must gain admission to a residency program that will provide several years of additional study. The final step is then to pass a national medical board examination.
Certification & Licensing:
Reproductive specialists must complete a two- to three-year fellowship in infertility treatment, followed by two years of clinical experience. Oral and written examinations must also be passed. This is all in addition to a four-year obstetrics and gynecology residency.
** More than a minimum degree may be required for some careers.