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A career in O&G: FAQs from medical students

This page provides answers to FAQs from medical students who are interested in a career in O&G.

How can I find out more about a career in O&G?

This website contains lots of information about a career in O&G:

What can I do during my medical undergraduate course that will help me move into a career in O&G after I graduate?

There are no specific additional undergraduate requirements that you need to fulfil to pursue a career in O&G. However, to help you make a career choice and assist your application, take part in activities that help you gain a better understanding of O&G and demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the specialty, such as:

  • Special or extended study modules
  • Research projects, including intercalated BSc degrees
  • Elective placements
  • Student assistantships
  • Submitting entries for relevant competitions and awards offered by your medical school, the RCOG (visit the RCOG's awards page) and other professional bodies.

The British Undergraduate Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BUSOG) has representatives or ambassadors in all the UK medical schools. Getting involved with BUSOG will help you keep up to date with the specialty, and they’ll also provide support and advice.

You can also register for free with the RCOG as a qualified doctor who’s considering a career in O&G, and receive free email updates from the College.

I’m organising a careers information event for my fellow medical students. How can I get a contribution for O&G?

Your medical school will be able to put you in touch with local consultants in the specialty who are involved in teaching, and who should be able to assist or advise. Your region will have a School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which may include a Careers Lead in addition to the Head of School and other members who may be able to assist. Email the RCOG careers team for help identifying your local Head of School.

We can also provide copies of the careers prospectus and other materials for use in local careers events. For more information, email the RCOG careers team.

Find out more

This section of the site also provides answers to FAQs from:

Visit the main O&G careers page for more information.

Contact us

If you’d like more information, please call +44 20 7772 6317, or see the full 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
Applying for specialty training
How to apply for the specialty training programme in O&G