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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Core surgical skills

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the core surgical skills core module (module 5) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Demonstrates honesty where there is clinical uncertainty about surgical or management options
  • Ability to use non-directional counselling when advising patients of management options including no treatment

Communicating with colleagues

  • Ability to communicate legibly and with an ordered approach (date, time patient identification etc) e.g. clinical and operation notes
  • Demonstrates ability to teach appropriate skills to other colleagues in a logical and coherent manner with recognition of the learner, environment and resources available
  • Ability to prioritise which cases are urgent and which can be dealt with later or electively

Information gathering

  • Demonstrates understanding of essential pre-operative investigations and relevant clinical assessment
  • Ability to interpret clinical findings and investigations when making decision about surgical technique and approach
  • Ability to describe a clear action plan including ongoing management plan after surgical procedure

Patient safety

  • Demonstrates understanding of principles of safe surgery including WHO safe surgery checklist
  • Demonstrates understanding of consent including consent of a child and the need to assess mental capacity in relation to consent
  • Has an understanding of decision making and consent for patients lacking capacity
  • Demonstrates an understanding of moving and positioning the unconscious and recovering patient
  • Recognises limits of their clinical abilities and demonstrates an understanding of when to call for help and involve senior colleagues and other disciplines

Applied clinical knowledge

  • Knowledge in relation to obstetric and gynaecological surgery including techniques and the risks and benefits of procedures
  • Demonstrates an ability to critically appraise medical media in relation to surgical procedures
  • Demonstrates an ability to weigh up pros and cons of surgical versus medical management of clinical conditions
  • Understanding of the appropriate use of blood products

Further information

For further information about the core surgical skills core module please go to the core surgical skills 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