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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Gynaecological oncology

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the gynaecological oncology core module (module 16) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Gives information in manageable amounts to the patient and her family regarding investigations, diagnoses and management of gynaecological malignancies
  • Demonstrates ability to deal sensitively with palliation and death
  • Ability to describe a clear and logical action plantrate understanding of the impacts of early pregnancy problems on future fertility and outcomes in future pregnancy

Communicating with colleagues

  • Ability to prioritise cases appropriately
  • Ability to describe the differential diagnosis and formulate an appropriate management plan

Information gathering

  • Demonstrates ability to take a comprehensive history from patients and their families
  • Ability to request appropriate investigations and interpret those results and operative findings in order to develop a clear management plan and rationale for follow up
  • Summarises discussions succinctly and checks patient understanding at appropriate intervals

Patient safety

  • Understanding of the referral pathways and targets for investigation and treatment of gynaecological cancers
  • Demonstrates an understanding of risk management and clinical governance processes in relation to gynaecological cancers
  • Recognises limits of their clinical abilities and demonstrates an understanding of when to call for help and involve senior colleagues and other disciplines
  • Demonstrates an understanding of safe prescribing in gynaecological disorders including recognition of drug interaction, allergies and special circumstances e.g. renal impairment
  • Demonstrates understanding of principles of safe surgery including WHO safe surgery checklist

Applied clinical knowledge

  • Knowledge of the epidemiology, presentation, investigation and treatment of gynaecological malignancies including palliation
  • Understanding of roles and responsibilities of the members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrates an ability to critically appraise medical media in relation to gynaecological cancers
  • Demonstrates understanding of the role of screening and imaging in gynaecological malignancies
  • Understanding of referral pathways for gynaecological cancers
  • Demonstrates ability to present management options and their risks and benefits using non-directional counselling

Further information

For further information about the gynaecological oncology core module please go to the gynaecological oncology 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