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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Postpartum problems (the puerperium)

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the postpartum problems (the puerperium) core module (module 12) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Ability to tackle difficult or sensitive topics including domestic violence, child protection issues and honesty where there is clinical uncertainty
  • Ability to describe to the postnatal patient a clear action plan and the rationale for follow up based on the discussion

Communicating with colleagues

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

Information gathering

  • Ability to take a concise and relevant postnatal history
  • Skills in signposting and guiding the postnatal consultation
  • Ensuring patient understanding and encouraging questions
  • Ability to succinctly summarise discussions with postnatal patient

Patient safety

  • Demonstrates awareness of safety of investigations and therapeutics during the postnatal period and during lactation including safe prescribing
  • Understanding of safeguarding issues for neonate and vulnerable adults
  • Understanding of psychological co-morbidities including puerperal psychosis and risk of self harm

Applied clinical knowledge

  • Knowledge of postnatal care including the risks of maternal morbidity, mortality and psychiatric disorders related to the postnatal period
  • Ability to recognise the critically ill or deteriorating patient and apply evidence based approach to management of postpartum complications

Further information

For further information about the postpartum problems core module please go to the postpartum problems (the puerperium) 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