With programs in all the subspecialties of obstetrics and gynecology, UT Southwestern’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology trains American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) fellows to be future academic leaders. Our fellows receive extensive training in patient care, as well as basic and clinical research, and also have the opportunity to teach residents and medical students.
General Information for all ABOG Fellows
Each subspecialty has its own deadlines and requirements for application. Please refer to the application information outlined on the individual web page describing your subspecialty of interest.
Graduate Level Courses
All fellows are required to take two graduate level courses, including a biostatistics course. More information on specific course information can be obtained from each subspecialty division.
Fellows have the opportunity to attend many different and varied conferences within their own subspecialty. Please refer to the web page for your subspecialty of interest for detailed information.
License, Compensation, and Benefits
Texas Medical License
Application for a Texas medical license should be instituted immediately after being accepted into an ABOG program. The licensing process in Texas is cumbersome and time consuming. If not begun well in advance, obtaining a license prior to starting fellowship training will be difficult. The Texas Medical Board (TMB) accepts applications online.
Personal Time Off
At the discretion of the fellowship program director, ABOG fellows may take up to two weeks of personal time off each fellowship year. Personal time off may be used for personal business, leisure, or for health reasons.
Fellowship program directors may also grant fellows additional time off for special circumstances, such as job interviews or unexpected health problems. This time is granted on a case-by-case basis, and the final decision rests with the program director. Please note: Any time off in excess of ABOG guidelines will result in extension of the fellowship training period.
All personal time off must be approved by the program director, and coverage by other clinical fellows must be obtained.
Fellows are urged to contact their fellowship program director immediately if they become ill and to obtain approval for all other time off well in advance.
Compensation and Benefits
Fellows receive health insurance and an annual trainee stipend that increases with each year of fellowship training. Beginning in the second year, trainees are asked to take 12 week nights per year of in-house call at the University Hospital–St. Paul. This clinical service is outside our fellows’ area of specialty training and is not associated with our fellowship training programs. To compensate for in-house night call, fellows are appointed to UT Southwestern salaried faculty positions as part-time assistant instructors.
To be eligible for night-call supplementation, fellows must have a Texas Medical License, DEA and DPS certificates, and be credentialed with our hospitals and managed-care organizations. A permanent Texas medical license is required to begin the credentialing process.
Income Tax Information
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) fellows are considered trainees, and their appointment to ABOG-fellowship programs are for purposes of training. There is no employer-employee relationship. In spite of the fact that stipends are considered taxable income to the recipient, the IRS has ruled that UT Southwestern may not withhold income taxes from non-employee, trainee stipends. Fellows are urged to read IRS publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, and to contact a tax advisor.
Supplemental income received as a part-time assistant instructor taking night call will be subject to income tax withholding. The difference in this situation is that an employer-employee relationship exists where the part-time Assistant Instructor is performing and being compensated for a clinical service.