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Introduction to specialty training in O&G

An introduction to specialty training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G).

Overview of the specialty training programme in O&G

UK training in O&G requires a minimum of 7 years of specialty training (ST1–ST7), to be completed following the two years of foundation training. The programme is divided into basic, intermediate and advanced levels of training.

The programme follows the core curriculum, and also incorporates ultrasound training. Once you progress into advanced training, you’ll start to develop the specific skills needed for the areas in which you wish to practise as a consultant by choosing Advanced Training Skills Modules (ATSMs) or by applying for subspecialty training. If you wish to pursue an academic career, please see the guidance for academic trainees

Once you’ve successfully completed the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration – Combined Programme (CESR(CP)), depending on your route through training. This qualifies you for entry onto the Specialist Register in the UK, which you need to be able to practise as a consultant in the NHS.

The diagram below sets out the different stages of the training programme.

Trainees’ Guide to the O&G Curriculum and Specialty Training

A comprehensive overview of the postgraduate training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology