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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Postoperative care

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the postoperative care core module (module 6) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Ability to provide psychological support for patients and their family
  • Ability to discuss rehabilitation, discharge planning, recovery after discharge from hospital, return to work and follow up
  • Ability to describe a clear and logical action plan and rationale for follow up

Communicating with colleagues

  • Ability to diagnose post-operative complications and formulate an appropriate management plan

Information gathering

  • Ability to request appropriate investigations and interpret those results
  • 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 post-operative complications
  • 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 post-operative care including recognition of drug interaction, allergies and special circumstances e.g. renal impairment

Applied clinical knowledge

  • Knowledge of the management of the post-operative patient including fluid balance, analgesia, catheter management and wound healing
  • Demonstrates understanding of the enhanced recovery programme and issues of post-operative rehabilitation
  • Demonstrate understanding on the early and later risks of surgery and their amelioration

Further information

For further information about the postoperative core module please go to the postoperative 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