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Postgraduate academic education and training

We want to encourage enthusiastic, talented individuals to engage with research in obstetrics and gynaecology at any stage in their training.

To help you understand how you could get involved in research, we have compiled a summary of academic training opportunities across the UK.

The training pathways differ between the countries of the UK (see image below).

The training pathways differ between the countries of the UK

Medical Education

All of the clinical academic posts detailed above are also available for aspiring medical educators. Several universities offer distance-learning for certificates, diplomas and masters in medical education that can be completed alongside clinical work.

Training Pathways

  • Foundation years
  • Out of programme (OOP) research opportunities
  • Less than full time training and research opportunities (LTFT)
  • Postgraduate research degree opportunities
  • Academic speciality training programmes
  • Advanced academic career posts (following a PhD/MD)

Further resources

The NIHR Associate PI scheme (API) aims to develop doctors, nurses and other health professionals to become the Principal Investigators (PIs) of the future. It is a six month in-work training opportunity, providing practical experience for healthcare professionals starting their research career.

CRN Clinical Research scholar scheme (CRS) is designed to support NHS, public health and social care staff to develop skills as chief investigators and develop here own skills in research. (Article attached). There are schemes across each of the local CRN networks.

The NIHR RCOG e-learning for Obstetrics and Gynaecology aims to improve the clinical research knowledge and skills of health and social care professionals in O&G and in particular those who have not followed an academic career path or those who have had little or no experience of research delivery. A joint initiative between the RCOG and University of Birmingham the e-learning will develop the 4 modules to be hosted on the NIHR e learning portal. Modules will draw on specific examples of research in O&G. It is anticipated that the first modules will go live in early 2024.

The Royal College of Physicians has produced a research engagement toolkit, which provides advice on how to get involved in research at any stage in your career.

Read about the British Medical Association’s Women Role models in academic medicine, produced in celebration of International Women’s Day 2021.