Training and development (obstetrics and gynaecology)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

Specialty training

Training for obstetrics and gynaecology is a run-through training from ST1-7. Once you have been accepted at ST1, you will not need to apply again.

Training normally takes seven years, although some trainees take longer than this. The training is based on achieving different competencies, which takes some people longer than the minimum time of seven years. The length of training can vary, for example it is possible to train flexibly if you fulfil the criteria for Less than Full Time Training (LTFT).

You will normally take Part 1 examinations of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MCROG) by the end of ST2 and Part 2 examinations at the end of ST5 and before progressing to ST6. You will need a demonstrable interest in and understanding of a career in O&G as practised in the UK. Experience of extra-curricular activities, achievements and interests relevant to O&G are also desirable.

Selection panels also look for evidence of academic and research achievements, which as well as additional academic qualifications include prizes, awards, distinctions, publications and presentations. An understanding of research, audit and teaching is also important as is evidence of the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team. Good leadership and organisational skills are also important.

You will also need an Advanced Life Support Certificate from the Resuscitation Council UK or equivalent. You also need 18 months’ or less experience in O&G not including foundation modules at the start date. An intercalated degree and or higher academic qualifications (such as a PhD or MD) are also desirable. Relevant experience in other specialties which would complement a career in O&G is also desirable.

The GMC provides information on the curriculum for obstetrics and gynaecology training.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in obstetrics and gynaecology as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience to add to your CV.

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