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Everything you need to know about the obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G) training curriculum

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About the curriculum

The RCOG curriculum is approved by the General Medical Council (GMC). It consists of:

Our guide to O&G training (PDF 570 kb) includes an overview of the curriculum.

This section of the site also contains information about O&G training that undergraduates and foundation year doctors can choose to complete before applying for postgraduate specialty training:


Progression through the curriculum

Specialty trainees progress through the postgraduate curriculum as follows:

  • All specialty trainees in O&G need to complete the core specialty training modules and the basic ultrasound modules
  • In the last 2 years of the programme, trainees undertake ATSMs or subspecialty training to develop the high-level skills they need for a consultant post in their specialist areas of interest
  • Depending on their choice of ATSMs or subspecialty training, some trainees will need to complete the intermediate ultrasound modules
  • Trainees interested in an academic research career complete the academic curriculum alongside the clinical curriculum

For more detail, please read the overview of the specialty training programme in O&G.


What’s on the website?

Each section of the site provides everything you need to know about that area of the curriculum, including:

  • Full details of the curriculum:
    • Knowledge criteria
    • Clinical competences
    • Professional skills and attitudes
    • Training support options
    • Evidence and assessment requirements
  • Any assessment forms and tools
  • Information about registration for training, delivery of training and assessment
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Contact details at the RCOG


Curriculum feedback and development

The curriculum has been developed by practising obstetricians and gynaecologists with tremendous input from specialist societies within O&G and related fields.

The Curriculum Committee continually reviews the content of the curriculum in response to gradual changes in practice, so we greatly appreciate constructive feedback. Please email us with your comments and suggestions.


Elsewhere on the site

Assessment of training
Information about sign-off of competencies, workplace-based assessments, ARCPs and more
Resources and support for trainees
Training guidelines, advice, useful resources and sources of support for trainees