Survey of obstetric and gynecologic hospitalists and laborists

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Aug;203(2):177.e1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.04.050. Epub 2010 Jun 26.


Objective: The objective of the study was to obtain descriptive information about obstetricians/gynecologists who currently are practicing as hospitalists or laborists.

Study design: A survey was emailed to all actively practicing member Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in April 2009. A second emailing of the survey was sent in May 2009.

Results: Obstetrician/gynecologist hospitalists and laborists are significantly younger than the rest of the obstetrician/gynecologist sample by age and years in residency and have a high rate of career satisfaction. There was a great deal of variation in work schedules and compensation of the respondents.

Conclusion: We analyzed the rapidly growing hospitalist/laborist model of care within the obstetrician/gynecologist specialty. The laborists and hospitalists model provides an alternative type of practice for obstetricians/gynecologists, and it is associated with high career satisfaction. It is important that we continue to monitor the needs of this burgeoning field of clinical practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Career Choice*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / statistics & numerical data
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Gynecology* / education
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Hospitalists* / education
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obstetrics* / education
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Workforce
  • Workload