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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Subfertility

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the subfertility core module (core module 14) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Gives information about infertility, investigations and treatments in manageable amounts using patient friendly language, avoiding jargon
  • Demonstrates honesty around benefits, side effects, complications and outcomes of fertility treatments
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the psychological needs of the partner as well as the infertile woman
  • Understanding of the psychological issues and sensitivities surrounding infertility

Communicating with colleagues

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

Information gathering

  • Demonstrates ability to take a comprehensive history from both partners of an infertile couple
  • Ability to request appropriate investigations and interpret those results from both female and male partners 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 and regulatory processes in relation to infertility including issues of confidentiality
  • Understanding of the need to consider the welfare of the child in providing fertility treatments
  • Understanding of the risks of multiple pregnancy associated with fertility treatments

Applied clinical knowledge

  • Knowledge of the treatment of infertility including surgical management of tubal disease, endometriosis and male infertility
  • Demonstrates sound evidence based clinical knowledge of ovulation induction, assisted conception and gamete donation including the risks and limitations of these treatments
  • Demonstrates an ability to critically appraise medical media in relation to infertility treatments
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the role of the HFEA and the NHS funding restrictions and rationing of assisted conception
  • Understanding of the role of counselling for the infertile couple
  • Understanding of cultural issues and issues relating to same sex partners and single parents

Further information

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