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Set up an MRCOG Examination and Education Centre

This page provides information about how to become an MRCOG exam centre.

If you’re an exam candidate, or want to apply for the exam, please visit the MRCOG exams section of this site.

About the MRCOG exam

The RCOG’s membership exam (MRCOG) is the gold standard qualification for obstetricians and gynaecologists. The MRCOG is recognised internationally and is in high demand around the world:

  • Over 5000 candidates sit the Part 1 MRCOG and Part 2 MRCOG exams each year
  • Over two-thirds of candidates sit our exam outside the UK
  • We have 31 exam centres outside the UK

Set up an MRCOG Examination and Education Centre

The College works to improve women’s health care and enhance O&G practice globally. To help us achieve our goals, we're committed to developing new MRCOG Examination and Education Centres around the world.

We’ve developed a 3-stage programme – the RCOG Educational Excellence Programme (REEP) – that allows us to share our expertise and develop the MRCOG exam worldwide. The programme supports the candidates sitting the exam as well as the senior doctors who will support and train those candidates.

Below is a summary of the programme. For full details, including the RCOG’s contribution and your contribution at each stage, download the guide to the RCOG Educational Excellence Programme (below).

 

Download the guide
How to become an MRCOG Examination and Education Centre [PDF]

Read about the 3-step process for setting up an MRCOG exam centre in your country or region: preparing candidates for the Part 1 MRCOG; preparing candidates for the Part 2 MRCOG; Training the Trainers course 

RCOG Educational Excellence Programme (REEP)

Stage 1: Preparing candidates for the Part 1 MRCOG exam

Stage 1 consists of:

  • Part 1 MRCOG preparation course (year 1): a 4-day introduction to the Part 1 MRCOG, with typical exam questions, daily practice papers and general advice about preparing for and taking the exam.
  • Part 1 MRCOG revision course (commence from years 1–2): a 3-day final preparation course before candidates sit the Part 1 MRCOG exam, providing a refresher on all components of the syllabus. Extensive daily exposure to typical exam questions plus tips and techniques.
  • Part 1 MRCOG exam

Stage 2: Preparing candidates for the Part 2 MRCOG exam

Stage 2 prepares successful Part 1 MRCOG candidates for the Part 2 exam. It starts when a minimum of 10 candidates have successfully passed the Part 1 MRCOG and consists of:

  • Enhanced Revision Programme (commence from years 3–4): a 15-week programme covering the Part 2 MRCOG exam syllabus and providing an insight into UK clinical practice to improve candidates’ chance of success. Includes: weekly 1-hour online classroom session with a UK moderator; series of online lectures for pre-, during and post-classroom learning; regular homework assignments and individual feedback from the UK moderator. Concludes with a 3-day Part 2 MRCOG revision course at your local centre.
  • Part 2 MRCOG revision course (commence from years 3–4): focuses on exam techniques and practice papers, and offers an insight into O&G practice in the UK NHS, which is essential knowledge for the exam. Covers both the written and the oral (OSCE) parts of the exam, with practice questions and mock OSCE circuits.
  • Part 2 MRCOG exam

Stage 3: Training the Trainers

Stage 3, the Training the Trainers programme, is designed for senior doctors who’d like to be RCOG-accredited examiners. It involves:

  • Attending a Training the Trainers course (commence from year 2): a 3-day interactive course covering modern teaching and assessment methods, the RCOG core curriculum, workplace-based assessments, the MRCOG exam and how to give effective feedback to Part 2 MRCOG exam candidates.
  • Mentoring a candidate for the Part 2 MRCOG exam
  • Teaching on a Part 2 MRCOG revision course
  • Attending a Training the Examiners course to become an RCOG-accredited examiner: travel to the UK for a programme delivered by senior Fellows and Members covering speciality training, the curriculum, question-writing workshops, standard-setting, essay marking and the oral assessment (OSCE).
  • Examining for an RCOG OSCE exam

Find out more

For full details of how to become an RCOG exam centre, including both your and the College’s contribution at each stage and other RCOG resources available to you and your exam candidates, download the guide to the RCOG Educational Excellence Programme (PDF, 1.3MB).

Information about the exams is available elsewhere on our site:

Contact us

If you’re an exam candidate, or want to find out how to apply for the exam, please email the Examination Department or call +44 20 7772 6210.

If you have any questions about becoming an MRCOG Examination and Education Centre, please email the Marketing department or call +44 20 7772 6251.

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