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Useful resources for trainers

This page brings together a range of RCOG and non-RCOG resources that will support trainers in O&G.

Training courses

Like any professional skill, teaching and facilitating medical education requires development. We encourage Educational Supervisors to seek training in educational theory and practice.

The RCOG runs the following courses for those undertaking educational roles – you can search for and book courses from our events listings:

  • Training the Trainers (‘T3’)
  • How to be a College Tutor
  • College Tutors’ Meeting
  • Annual Professional Development Conference

Those who wish to extend themselves further may decide to take a course leading to a diploma or masters qualification, such as:

  • Certificate/diploma/MEd in medical education (available at Dundee University)
  • MEd in higher education (available at most universities)
  • Accreditation via experience (available at Institute of Learning and Teaching)

RCOG Learning

In addition to the eLearning packages for for trainees, RCOG Learning provides the following resources for trainers:

  • The teaching resources section provide case studies, discussion points and tasks for use in teaching sessions
  • The workplace videos demonstrate best practice in specialty training, including workplace-based assessments and how to give effective feedback in training
  • The core training tutorials in RCOG eLearning include information on teachingassessmentappraisal and mentoring

Recommended reading

The following books provide a useful bibliography for medical education:

  • Abbatt F, McMahin R, Pridmore P, Harman P. Teaching health-care workers: a practical guide. 2nd edition. Oxford: Macmillan Education; 1993.
  • Harden R, Dent J. A practical guide for medical teachers. London: Churchill Livingstone; 2001.
  • Keighley DB, Murray TS. Guide to postgraduate medical education. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell; 1996.
  • McAllister L, Lincoln M, Mcleod S, Maloney D. Facilitating learning in clinical settings. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes; 1997.
  • Newble D, Cannon R. A handbook for medical teachers. 3rd edition. Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers; 1994.
  • Ramsden R. Learning to teach in higher education. 2nd edition. Oxford: Routledge; 2003.

Useful websites

Evidence-based medicine

Medico-legal services and ethics

Medical guidelines and patient information sheets

Online indexed databases (with search capability)

Government and international organisations

Specialty training in O&G

Overview of the specialty training programme in O&G, including assessment and certification of training