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Considering a career in obstetrics and gynaecology?

Resources for students and recently qualified doctors who are considering a career in obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G). We hope you find the information useful and inspiring.

Basic practical skills course in O&G

Consultant obstetrician with a patient

Consultant gynaecologist in operating theatre


Recruitment into specialty training in O&G

Find out how to apply for specialty training in O&G


Working in O&G

O&G is a wide-ranging specialty with an extensive training programme that opens up lots of different career paths. If you choose O&G, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for personal career development, both medical and surgical.

Working in women’s health is a stimulating and rewarding career. Childbirth is an important event for any woman, and obstetricians are central to providing support and ensuring safety in maternity care. But O&G goes beyond just childbirth, and if you choose this career you’ll be focusing on improving women’s health at all stages of their lives.

Is O&G the career for you?

Read our careers prospectus to find out more about the opportunities a career in O&G provides

Read case studies of people working in O&G to find out what they like about working in the specialty

Read accounts of medical electives in O&G to find out about how doctors in the speciality work to improve women’s health care worldwide

Find out more


About the RCOG

Training and education

The RCOG is responsible for the specialty training programme in O&G and the O&G curriculum. The RCOG also sets the exams you’ll need to pass as part of specialty training in O&G.

You’ll receive support from the RCOG throughout your training. The College provides a variety of resources to support you, including courses and events, simulation training, eLearning and a range of benefits designed to support O&G trainees.

Continuing professional development and ongoing support

A career in O&G is one of the most demanding in developing and maintaining clinical skills and advanced team working. The College continues to support its members after they’ve completed specialty training with its continuing professional development (CPD) programme and a range of member benefits.

Global health

The RCOG is an international organisation and we work to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, and to improve women’s health care, worldwide through our global health activities.


Contact us

For more information about a career in O&G, please read the FAQs.

For any other queries, please see the full A-Z list of contacts at the College.


Elsewhere on the site

Specialty training in O&G
An overview of the specialty training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology
About the College
Find out how the College supports its members to provide better health care for women everywhere