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Advanced Training Review

We are delighted to inform you that the College has submitted to the General Medical Council, a revised 2024 curricula, following our Advanced Training Review (ATR).

This submission has been reshaped and will introduce the Special Interest Training Modules (SITMs) and the Special Interest Professional Modules (SIPMs).

This submission is the result of three years detailed and comprehensive work with our Fellows, Members, Trainees, Associates and external stakeholders.

We are immensely grateful to all those who contributed to this submission, particularly those who shared their comments throughout the public consultation.

Timeline – next steps

  • RCOG submission to GMC – September 2023
  • GMC decision expected – December 2023
  • Transition and implementation – August 2024

We have started to develop a series of information documents and guidance, which will be published on our website as they are developed throughout 2023/24.

The RCOG is committed to developing doctors and specialists with wide ranging professional skills and a modern, questioning attitudes to treatment and care. From postgraduate to consultant, find out how our GMC approved training curriculum can prepare you for a lifelong career in O&G.

Undergraduate and foundation training

Our curriculum resources cater for undergraduates and foundation year doctors who are considering applying for postgrad speciality training. You’ll find information on the modules and training structure for O&G training at these career stages.

Postgraduate programme

As doctors move through the curriculum, they will need to demonstrate the quality of their skills and knowledge at various key progress points. This training framework encourages a continual pursuit of excellence in all aspects of clinical and professional practise. The RCOG also pushes our specialists to take responsibility for their own learning and to carry this reflective behaviour with them throughout their careers.

Trainee specialists will be expected to pass through the curriculum via the following stages:

  • Core speciality training, these O&G modules form the Core Curriculum. This training must be completed in order to progress towards a consultant role.
  • ATSMs or subspecialty training make up the final two years of the programme. Trainees must, at this stage, prove their skills are of the high-calibre necessary for them to specialise in their area of interest.

Read our overview of specialty training programme in O&G for more detail.

Curriculum feedback and development

The curriculum has been carefully developed by practising obstetricians and gynaecologists, with tremendous input from specialist societies within O&G and closely related fields.

The Core Curriculum Committee continually reviews the content of the curriculum in response to gradual changes in practice, so we greatly appreciate constructive feedback. Please email us at with your comments and suggestions.

Assessment of training

Information about sign-off of competencies, workplace-based assessments, ARCPs and more.

Resources and support for trainees

Training guidelines, advice, useful resources and sources of support for trainees.