Answers to frequently asked questions about the Part 2 MRCOG
How do I apply to sit the Part 2 MRCOG?
Before you can apply for the Part 2 MRCOG, you’ll need to apply to have your training assessed (see below). In order to do so, you will need to register with the RCOG website so a form can be sent to you.
Once your training has been assessed and approved, you can apply for the Part 2 MRCOG online. Application is only open for short periods of time: please visit the main Part 2 MRCOG page for information about when you can apply. Any requests for special arrangements during the examination must be submitted before the closing date for applications.
When can I apply for my Part 2 training to be assessed?
You can apply to have your Part 2 training assessed once you have applied for the Part 1 MRCOG exam. Candidates following route A (please see the regulations for details about different routes) need to be in intermediate training (ST3-ST5) at the time of application.
How long will it take to process my Assessment of Training application?
Please allow 8 weeks for your application to be processed. The time is needed to allow for procedures such as application screening, verification of certificates, verification of training posts and authorisation of the final approval letter. If you have still not heard from us within 8 weeks of submitting your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What documents would you need to register me under my new/married name?
You would need a re-issued degree certificate or certificate of medical registration stating your new/married name, as well as a copy of your marriage certificate/affidavit showing both your former and your new name. Sending a marriage certificate/affidavit alone is not sufficient.
When will my entrance ticket me sent to me?
Your entrance ticket will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before your exam. You will need to print out your entrance ticket and bring it with you to the exam, together with photographic identification.
What if I need a visa to get to the exam venue?
The College cannot advise you on this matter. Please contact the relevant consulate for information about any visa requirements before applying for the exam. If you need a letter from the Examination Department confirming your attendance at the exam, please inform us when applying for the exam, and ensure that you apply in good time.
Can I postpone my exam?
The regulations state that candidates who withdraw their application for a particular exam after the closing date, or who fail to appear, shall forfeit the exam fee. The application forms include a reminder of this regulation. This means the College cannot refund your entry fee after an exam’s closing date and your candidature for the exam will remain. The College cannot make changes or transfers of centres after the closing date. If you fail to attend the exam, your entry will not be counted as an attempt.
In certain prescribed circumstances, the College does consider refunding the entry fee. If you wish to apply for this, please do so in writing (hard copy, not email or fax) to the Part 2 MRCOG Secretary at the RCOG immediately after the exam you failed to attend, enclosing documentary evidence to support your circumstances.
How is data about my exam dealt with?
Once you have successfully completed your exam, the details of your award from the College, including date, are regarded as ‘public’ information. For candidates in the UK specialty training programme, results will be made available to LETBs/deaneries as well as the GMC. They may also be released to bona fide third-party enquirers (for example, other educational bodies or prospective employers). No information is supplied via the telephone.
How many times can I attempt the Part 2 MRCOG?
Candidates in UK-based training who intend to enter the UK Specialist Register are permitted no more than 6 attempts at the Part 2 MRCOG. Candidates who wish to apply for the Part 2 MRCOG following 6 previous fails need to provide supporting documentation from their Head of School (or equivalent) outlining the exceptional reasons for permitting a further attempt at the exam.
Is there a time limit between passing the Part 1 MRCOG and passing the Part 2 MRCOG?
No, but the College does require you to have attempted the Part 2 at least once within a certain period of time after passing the Part 1 or gaining exemption from the Part 1:
- Candidates wishing to enter the UK Specialist Register must attempt the Part 2 within 7 years of passing/gaining exemption from the Part 1 (pro rata, to a maximum of 10 years)
- All other candidates must attempt the Part 2 within 10 years of passing/gaining exemption from the Part 1
After passing the Part 2 MRCOG written exam, do I have to appear for the immediately succeeding Part 3 MRCOG?
No. Candidates who pass the Part 2 MRCOG written exam must attempt the Part 3 MRCOG clinical assessment within seven years (pro rata). If they do not attempt the Part 3 MRCOG clinical assessment within this timeframe, they will be required to take the Part 2 MRCOG exam again.
What’s the procedure if I want a more detailed breakdown of my exam results?
Candidates’ results letters contain the feedback approved by the Examination and Assessment Committee. For more information, please read the RCOG’s complaints and appeals procedures.
What training is required for the Part 2 MRCOG?
For full details, please see the Part 2 MRCOG regulations and the Part 2 MRCOG syllabus.
What courses do you recommend to help prepare for the exam?
The only courses the RCOG can wholeheartedly recommend are those run by the College itself. Visit the College’s courses and events pages for more information.
For online learning we strongly recommend StratOG, the College’s eLearning platform. This structured training resource is continuously updated, uses innovative tools and includes saveable interactive assessments (MCQs and EMQs) with instant, detailed feedback. StratOG is available free of charge to members of the RCOG Trainees’ Register. Other exam candidates can pay to access this useful resource.
Is there a recommended reading list for the Part 2 MRCOG?
Yes: the Part 2 subcommittees have put together a recommended reading list to help candidates prepare for the Part 2 MRCOG.
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