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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Sexual and reproductive health

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the sexual and reproductive core module (module 15) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Demonstrates tact, empathy, concern and respect for patients and maintains patient dignity at all times
  • Demonstrates a non-judgemental attitude when caring for patients
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate with teenagers and encouraging them to involve parents/guardians
  • Demonstrates respect for beliefs, values and sexual diversity
  • 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 sexual health history
  • 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 sexual and reproductive health
  • Demonstrates an understanding of safe prescribing including recognition of drug interaction, allergies and special circumstances e.g. renal impairment

Applied clinical knowledge

  • Knowledge of sexual and reproductive health including contraception, UK MEC guidelines, unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
  • Demonstrates understanding of the laws in relation to termination of pregnancy, STIs, consent, child protection and the Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of counsellors, police, primary care, social workers, GUM specialists and the voluntary sector in sexual and reproductive health

Further information

For further information about the sexual and reproductive core module please go to the sexual and reproductive 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