Why choose Obstetrics & Gynaecology?

The specialty focuses on the care of the pregnant woman, her unborn child and diseases specific to women. It is a broad specialty, allowing progression of both medical and surgical knowledge and skill.

This is a run through specialty which has a very well structured programme developed by the RCOG with a detailed and constructive e-portfolio.

As a trainee what can I expect from my training programme?

The School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology provides high quality training to enable trainees to progress to CCT.  Training is available for the full 7 years, ST 1-7 and the region provides a number of approved sub specialty training programmes.

Trainees will rotate on a 12 month basis

At ST6/7 level trainees undertake 2 ATSMs in areas of interest they wish to pursue as consultants. Examples of ATSMs include ‘Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery’, ‘Advanced Labour Ward Practice’, ‘Benign Abdominal Surgery’, ‘Acute Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy’, ‘Maternal Medicine’, ‘Subfertility and Reproductive Health’, ‘Urogynaecology’ and ‘Fetal Medicine’.

Overview of training

Training usually lasts for 7 years and leads to a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). There are three distinct stages to training:

Stage One

Basic training StR years 1-2. Trainees must pass part 1 of MRCOG before entering ST3.

Transition from First on Call to Second on Call.

The transition from first on call to second on call can be a difficult time for any trainee. We have recently developed a plan to allow that transition to take place at a rate that is appropriate for the competence, but also the confidence of individual trainees. At the start of ST3 trainees will normally be placed in a first on call post, but their duties will be modified and the work responsibility increased so that as soon as is appropriate the level of duties will be increased to second on call level. We hope that this will look after the interests and safety of all (trainees, trainers and most importantly patients).

Stage Two

General training in StR years 3-5. Trainees must pass Part II MRCOG before entering year 6. During ST5 trainees apply for Advanced Training Skill Module (ATSM) to be undertaken in year 6.

Stage Three

Advanced Training in years 6 and 7. Training during these years will be directed towards the individual trainees’ special interests and needs. Trainees will be required to do at least 2 ATSMs.

Training Rotations

The training rotations in Years 1-5 will, as far as possible, be confined to the sub-regions and will usually consist of at least one year in a "Teaching Centre" which also has one or more Year 6 or 7 trainees. Training during these years will follow the curriculum laid down by the RCOG and trainees will be expected to keep the required college log book and a professional development file. Workplace based assessments will be expected to be carried out and documentation provided to support progress through training. As in all Specialities, progress from one year to the next will depend on a satisfactory Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP), and towards the end of Years 2 & 5 there will be a more detailed interview with the aim of both assessing the trainee's overall progress and planning placements for the next stage of training. Advanced training will be under-taken in years 6-7. All ARCPs take place at the Deanery Assessment Panels.

Key Links

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
National Recruitment

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