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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Gynaecological problems

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the gynaecological problems core module (module 13) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Gives information in manageable amounts regarding information, investigations, diagnoses and management of gynaecological problems
  • Ability to describe a clear and logical action plan and rationale for follow up

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
  • Demonstrates a logical and clearly reasoned style of questioning
  • 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

  • Demonstrates an understanding of risk management and clinical governance processes in relation to gynaecological disorders
  • 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 treatment of gynaecological disorders including menstrual disorders, endocrine disorders, disorders of puberty, congenital anomalies, the climacteric and emergency gynaecology
  • Demonstrates an ability to critically appraise medical media in relation to gynaecological treatment
  • Demonstrates understanding of the role of imaging in gynaecological disorders
  • Understanding of referral pathways for gynaecological disorders
  • Demonstrates ability to take informed consent including assessment of mental capacity
  • Demonstrates ability to present management options and their risks and benefits using non-directional counselling

Further information

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