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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Urogynaecology and pelvic floor problems

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the urogynaecology and pelvic floor problems core module (module 18) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Gives information about urogynaecological examination, investigations and treatments in manageable amounts using patient friendly language, avoiding jargon
  • Demonstrates honesty around benefits, side effects, complications and clinical uncertainty about long term outcomes of urogynaecological treatments
  • Understanding of the psychological issues and sensitivities surrounding urogynaecological disorders and incontinence

Communicating with colleagues

  • Ability to describe the differential diagnosis and formulate an appropriate management plan
  • Ability to clearly communicate requirements and situation with theatre staff, assistants and anaesthetists

Information gathering

  • Ability to take a comprehensive urogynaecological history
  • Ability to interpret urodynamic investigations, microbiological reports, cystometry, imaging and fluid balance charts in order to reach a diagnosis and develop a management plan

Patient safety

  • Demonstrates understanding of principles of safe surgery including WHO safe surgery checklist
  • Demonstrates an understanding of safe prescribing in relation to urogynaecological therapeutics
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the contra-indications and interactions of urogynaecological drugs and common medical treatments and co-morbidities

Applied clinical knowledge

  • Knowledge of the surgical, non-surgical and medical management of urogynaecological disorders including pelvic organ prolapse, acute voiding disorders, over-active bladder and stress urinary incontinence
  • Demonstrates an ability to critically appraise medical media in relation to urogynaecological treatments
  • Demonstrates an ability to weigh up pros and cons of surgical versus medical management of urogynaecological disorders

Further information

For further information about the urogynaecology and pelvic floor problems core module please go to the urogynaecology and pelvic floor 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