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Part 3 MRCOG Lay Examiners

We are recruiting Lay Examiners for the Part 3 MRCOG exam

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The Membership Examination (MRCOG), for hospital doctors wishing to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology, consists of a Part 1 written examination, Part 2 written examination, and Part 3 examination which is a role-play style Clinical Assessment involving multiple tasks.

The Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment aims to assess candidates' ability to apply core clinical and communication skills in the context of the skills, knowledge, attitudes and competencies as defined in the MRCOG curriculum. Candidates are examined by Clinical Examiners alongside Lay Examiners.

To support the RCOG in delivering the Part 3 examination, we have new Part 3 Lay Examiner opportunities.

Part 3 Lay Examiners are required to:

  • Attend the examiner training and revision course on one of the dates listed below.
  • Indicate availability to examine in the Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment at least once every year
  • Attend the examiner briefing session prior to each examination
  • Examine in the Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment in the domains of patient safety, communication with patients and their families and information gathering
  • Award marks consistently in accordance with agreed criteria
  • Work professionally with co-examiners, actors and members of the examination team
  • Maintain confidentiality of the examination
  • Demonstrate commitment to continued learning through any training updates provided by the College.

The role is remunerated at a fee of £125 per day of examining, excluding training days.

Travel will be organised and paid for by the College.
Accommodation can be provided for Lay Examiners who cannot travel to and from the College daily, on the days of examinations.

Message from Dr Paul Mills, Part 3 Sub-committee Chair

The success of the Part 3 exam is entirely dependent on the examiners. It is now a very well embedded exam that continues to grow internationally. A fantastic and enthusiastic core of lay examiners has been established who not only enjoy helping the committee develop the exam but also catch up and network with colleagues from across the UK. 2 of the lay examiners have also taken their interest and commitment further by joining the Part 3 committee. This enables Lay Examiner involvement in setting the exam questions, and helps us to ensure we are making full use of the potential having Lay Examiners brings to the Part 3 MRCOG.

In our first year at Union Street, we look forward to working with successfully appointed new Lay Examiners in the November diet. The examiner dinners held between each day are always a highlight and will be our first on the southbank in 2020. Becoming an examiner not only allows you to actively take part in setting the standard of membership and women’s healthcare globally but to also see all aspects of the RCOG coming together and working in such a unique way. I look forward to receiving your application and, if successfully shortlisted, meeting you for our training day.

Training dates for Lay Examiners

Successful applicants are required to attend a training session.

  • The next training session is taking place on Friday 11 September 2020.
    Deadline: Friday 26 June 2020

Further dates will be posted here.
If there are no open dates listed, or you cannot attend any available dates, you will be considered for the next training course.

How to apply

To apply, please read the role description and send a completed application form and equal opportunities form to

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