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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Antenatal care

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the antenatal care core module (module 8) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Ability to tackle difficult or sensitive topics including domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, child protection issues, female genital mutilation and honesty where there is clinical uncertainty
  • Ability to discuss investigations, follow up and plan for antenatal care
  • Ability to succinctly summarise discussions with antenatal patient

Communicating with colleagues

  • A clear and logical approach to a differential diagnosis or management plan for antenatal patients
  • Appropriate amount of detail to ensure management plans are clear and easily understood by colleagues
  • Ability to communicate with colleagues in primary care, other specialities e.g. obstetric anaesthetics and midwifery colleagues including specialist midwives

Information gathering

  • Ability to take a concise and relevant antenatal history
  • Skills in signposting and guiding the antenatal consultation
  • Ensuring patient understanding and encouraging questions
  • Ability to describe to the antenatal patient a clear action plan and the rationale for follow up based on the discussion

Patient safety

  • Demonstrates ability to triage patient to different patterns of antenatal care according to risk factors
  • Demonstrates awareness of safety of investigations and therapeutics during pregnancy including safe prescribing
  • Awareness of issues of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and safeguarding
  • Understanding of clinical governance and risk management for women declining usual antenatal care

Applied clinical knowledge

  • Knowledge of antenatal care including PIH, IUGR, multiple pregnancy, prolonged pregnancy, VBAC and social and cultural factors
  • Ability to interpret clinical examination findings and results of investigations in the context of the clinical scenario
  • Awareness of the risks and benefits of various different management options balancing needs of mother and fetus

Further information

For further information about the antenatal care core module please go to the antenatal care core module page.

Elsewhere on the site

Specialty training in O&G
Overview of the specialty training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology, including how the MRCOG exams fit in
The full specialty training programme in O&G – core modules, ultrasound, ATSMs, subspecialty and academic