Reproductive endocrinologists usually have advanced degrees in medicine.
In most places, becoming a reproductive endocrinologist requires a commitment of about 11 to 13 years of education and training in the field. To get started, you will have to graduate from high school or earn a general educational development (GED) degree before being admitted to college. After spending about four years in college, you will typically spend another four years in medical school. After your medical education is complete, however, you will likely have to spend three years in a medical residency in obstetrics and gynecology, which is a type of hands-on training. You may also need two more years of specialized training to become a certified endocrinologist.
A reproductive endocrinologist works to assess and treat cases of infertility.
Before starting to study medicine in depth, you will likely have to devote years to preparatory education. In most places, you will need a high school diploma or equivalent credential to gain admission to college. Once in college, you will typically have to earn a four-year degree, which is known as a bachelor’s degree in many places. In most cases, however, you are not locked into choosing a pre-med course when your goal is to become a reproductive endocrinologist. Virtually any major is generally accepted by medical school admissions committees, as long as you take a significant number of science courses.
Reproductive endocrinologists must be familiar with the anatomy of the reproductive system.
The remainder of your education will typically focus on studying to become a doctor and preparing for your specialty. You will typically spend about four years in medical school, during which you will learn in the classroom as well as in a clinical setting. After medical school, you will have to complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, which can last about three years, to become a reproductive endocrinologist. Finally, to become a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, you will likely have to complete another two years of training that focuses on the specialty of reproductive endocrinology.
Typically, you will have to pass some very important exams when you want to become a reproductive endocrinologist. First, in most cases, you will have to pass a medical examination to obtain the right to practice medicine. After completing your residency in obstetrics and gynecology, you will typically have to take another exam to become certified in this specialty. Finally, you will need to pass one more exam after completing the specialized training required to become a reproductive endocrinologist. If you pass the exam, you will receive board certification as a reproductive endocrinologist.