Obstetrics & Gynaecology


 Obstetrics and Gynaecology is concerned with women’s health – before, during and after the reproductive years.

Obstetrics focuses on childbirth, providing pre-natal care and pregnancy support along with post-partum care. Gynaecology focuses on the health of the female reproductive system including the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases.

Doctors in this specialty provide medical and surgical care to women and have specialist expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, fertility, family planning and disorders of the female reproductive system. Combined training in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology is important because these specialties often overlap.

Obstetrics & Gynaecology is a predominantly clinical specialty. A trainee must deal with normal and abnormal pregnancy and with disorders of the female reproductive organs. Besides the physiological and pathological processes involved, the psycho-social effects of reproductive events and of gynaecological disorders must be understood.

The Obstetrician-Gynaecologist must develop diagnostic and therapeutic skills and a particularly high competence in communication. Simultaneously, the trainee must develop competence in all Obstetric procedures and in a number of core Gynaecological surgical procedures.

Training Pathway

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Training Level Medical School Intern Year Basic Specialty Training in Obstetrics Higher Specialist Training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Duration 4-6 years 1 year 3 years 5 years
Entry Process Graduate or direct entry Entry through the HSE Intern Match Entry based on competitive interview Entry based on competitive interview
Mandatory Examinations As per curriculum N/A MRCPI (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) N/A
Application Date CAO process opens in November Application process opens in October Application process opens in December Application process open in November
Programme Operated by: Undergraduate Universities Intern Networks RCPI RCPI

Click on the links below for detailed information on each level of postgraduate training:

Basic Specialty Training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Higher Specialty Training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology