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Training News, December 2015

Dr Matt Prior, RCOG Trainees' Committee Chair, writes...

Welcome to the newly designed format and style of Training News, which brings you up-to-date information on changes to education, training and exams from the College.

I’ve just attended the National Trainees’ Conference on the backdrop of the campaign against the proposed junior doctors’ contract. Speaking to trainees, consultants and representatives on the RCOG Council, I think the voice of trainees is finally being heard. I was particularly inspired by Claire Gerarda’s opening speech recognising the difficulties faced by trainees and offering sensible advice:

  1. declutter your working life, don’t do anything you don’t have to
  2. form work-related support groups. Meet regularly regardless of the situation
  3. spend any spare money you have to make your life easier
  4. humour is protective, put fun and laughter back into work.


This was the first time that the Trainees’ Committee presented the National Trainer of the Year Award. This award recognises excellence in education and training by consultants or allied health professionals above and beyond what is expected from their role. Each region nominated a trainer, and a panel of trainees, senior educators and a lay representative decided that the prize should be awarded to Miss Susan Ward. East Midlands’ trainees nominated Miss Ward for supporting them with many educational activities, including teaching and examining but also for helping them to develop a Multidisciplinary Obstetric Simulation Training (MOST) course and providing MRCOG examination evening classes. Miss Ward is also known for her pastoral care, supporting trainees in difficulty and fostering a supportive culture between trainees in the East Midlands. She even hosts an annual party to welcome new trainees to the region! From next year the RCOG will be awarding both a Trainee and Trainer of the Year award.

In this edition of Training News you will find information about the new Part 2 EMQ resource developed to help trainees get ready for the exam. March will be the last time that Part 2 will consist of both written and oral components. From September 2016, the Part 2 will just be a written exam and the new Part 3 will be a clinical OSCE, allowing trainees to ‘bank’ the written Part 2. We hope that this will be a positive change for trainees trying to achieve the MRCOG.

For the first time, the new Training Evaluation Form (TEF) will be managed exclusively by the RCOG. This will allow triangulation with the GMC survey, help Heads of School improve the quality of training and allow the College to link this data with Clinical Quality visits. There has been a lot of work on this project and I’d encourage you to read more about it in this edition of Training News. The TEF will also become a mandatory component of the training matrix – in case you needed a better reason to find out more.

I hope you enjoy this edition and future editions of Training News. As always, if you have any questions, do get in touch.

Happy Christmas