Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Higher Specialist Training

The Higher Specialist Training Programme  in Obstetrics & Gynaecology is run by the Insitute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in the Royal College of Physicians.

Training Pathway

There are four steps in the training pathway to become a specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Step 1 – Medical School

Step 2 – Intern Year

Step 3 – Basic Specialty Training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Step 4 – Higher Specialty Training in Obsetrics & Gynaecology

Higher Specialist Training

Following basic specialty training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology doctors may choose to continue training at higher specialist training level.

The information below outlines important information about higher  training in the specialty of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for Higher Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology must have completed Basic Specialty Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (or an equivalent training programme) and obtained the MRCPI (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) or MRCOG.

Duration & Organisation of Training

The duration of Higher Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is 5 years, one year of which may be gained from a period of out of programme experience either through full time research or a clinical programme.

All trainees should have exposure to Obstetrics and Gynaecology practice in a number of different settings. Exposure to Gynaecology in a general hospital setting is desirable for all trainees. Participation in perinatal and maternal audit is essential for all trainees. All trainees must complete an approved Management Course.

If a trainee intends to develop further a special interest within Obstetrics and Gynaecology, such as Colposcopy, Gynaecological or Obstetric Ultrasound, this will be accommodated as far as possible within the training period, re-adjusting timetables and postings if possible, provided the trainee’s core competencies are not compromised.

Your five-year Higher Specialist Training programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology will incorporate the following core elements:

  • Exposure to Obstetrics and Gynaecology practice in a variety of settings
  • Exposure to Gynaecology in a variety of hospital settings, including stand-alone maternity hospitals and academic teaching hospitals
  • In addition, one year can be spent in full-time research. This is optional, but encouraged

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