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OSATS, gynaecological oncology

This page sets out the OSATS requirements for subspecialty training in gynaecological oncology.

You have to be competent in:

  • Major gynaecological oncology procedures
  • Pelvic lymph node dissection (laparoscopic/open)

Major gynaecological oncology procedures

Items under observation:

  • Appropriate preoperative counselling
  • Appropriate choice of procedure 
  • Appropriate investigations 
  • Appropriate positioning of patient 
  • Choice of incision 
  • Adequate intraoperative assessment 
  • Adequate field exposure 
  • Appropriate operative steps 
  • Management of anatomical abnormalities/variations 
  • Appropriate dissection/tissue handling/suture/stapling/techniques (PTO)
  • Care for haemostasis 
  • Communication with anaesthetists/assistants/nursing staff
  • Wound closure/drains etc.
  • Note keeping/postoperative instructions

Pelvic lymph node dissection (laparoscopic/open)

Items under observation:

  • Opening of pelvic side wall 
  • Exposure of iliac vessels with landmarks for dissection identified 
  • Identification of obturator nerve 
  • En-bloc dissection 
  • Haemostasis, lymphostasis 
  • Identification of specimen