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Subspecialty training curriculum

In the last 2 years of medical training, doctors undertake subspecialty training or Advanced Training Skills Modules (ATSMs).

This chapter of the training programme is designed to develop the high-level skills they will need for a consultant post in their specialist area of interest.

Training and research overview

The subspecialty training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology is a minimum 3-year training programme that comprises:

  • A minimum of 2 years of clinical training
  • 12 months of dedicated research

The clinical training programme is competence based and the time needed to complete it will depend on your own abilities and the opportunities you have to complete the curriculum.

The aim of the research component of subspecialty training is to ensure you can design and execute a high-quality research study. If you’ve undertaken research before starting the subspecialty programme, this can be taken into account.
If the Subspecialty Committee grants you research exemption, you’ll just need to complete a minimum of 2 years of clinical training. For more information, please read the guidance on the research component of subspecialty training.

The Subspecialty Training Programme Supervisor (STPS) is responsible for overseeing the subspecialty training programme and ensuring you attain the relevant competences. For more information, please read the STPS job description.

Subspecialty curricula

The available subspecialties are listed below. Each link provides everything you need to know about training in that subspecialty: curriculum, logbooks, assessment forms and any other relevant information.

Resources for trainers

Resources to help trainers deliver the subspecialty training programme are available in the ‘Resources & support for trainers’ section of the site, and include:

Find out more

General information about subspecialty training

Subspecialty training and ATSMs

Read the subspecialty training and ATSMs FAQs

Acting up as a consultant

Read our information on acting up and locum consultants

Courses and events

Find RCOG courses and events suitable for subspecialty training

Contact us

If you have any questions about subspecialty training that aren’t answered on the website, please email the Advanced Training Coordinator at or call +44 20 7045 6789.