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Part 3 MRCOG syllabus: Teaching

This page illustrates how the five core clinical skills can be applied to the teaching core module (module 2) for the Part 3 Clinical Assessment. 

Communicating with patients and families

  • Demonstrates honesty where there is clinical uncertainty about surgical or management options
  • Ability to use non-directional counselling when advising patients of management options including no treatment

Communicating with colleagues

  • Ability to communicate legibly and with an ordered approach (date, time patient identification etc) e.g. clinical and operation notes
  • Demonstrates ability to teach appropriate skills to other colleagues in a logical and coherent manner with recognition of the learner, environment and resources available
  • Ability to prioritise which cases are urgent and which can be dealt with later or electively

Information gathering

  • Ability to take a concise and relevant antenatal history
  • Skills in signposting and guiding the antenatal consultation
  • Ensuring patient understanding and encouraging questions
  • Ability to describe to the antenatal patient a clear action plan and the rationale for follow up based on the discussion

Patient safety

  • Demonstrates ability to triage patient to different patterns of antenatal care according to risk factors
  • Demonstrates awareness of safety of investigations and therapeutics during pregnancy including safe prescribing
  • Awareness of issues of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and safeguarding
  • Understanding of clinical governance and risk management for women declining usual antenatal care

Applied clinical knowledge

  • Knowledge of antenatal care including PIH, IUGR, multiple pregnancy, prolonged pregnancy, VBAC and social and cultural factors
  • Ability to interpret clinical examination findings and results of investigations in the context of the clinical scenario
  • Awareness of the risks and benefits of various different management options balancing needs of mother and fetus

Further information

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