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Academic training

Everything you need to know about postgraduate academic and research training in O&G, including:


Academic curriculum


The academic curriculum (PDF 202kb) covers all levels of training, from junior academics setting out on a research career, spanning years of out of programme training, to the point at which you’ll apply for a formal academic post or a consultant post with an academic interest.

The academic curriculum is much less prescriptive than the core clinical curriculum. The academic curriculum is designed to allow flexibility because academic trainees, even within the same grade of post (e.g. Academic Clinical Fellow), have differing levels of experience. While not all academic trainees will continue into senior academic posts, the academic curriculum includes competencies that need to be achieved by those who do wish to do so.

The academic curriculum is currently in a pilot phase, having been approved by the GMC in February 2013. Please send us your comments (positive or negative) as the GMC will re-review the curriculum in 2015. Please email the Policy Coordinator (Advanced Training) or call +44 20 7772 6203.


Academic training matrix

The academic matrix (Word document 43kb) summarises the academic curriculum. You should use the matrix to help you set goals at your annual academic review meeting with your academic supervisor. These goals will be covered in your annual review of competence progression (ARCP).

Academic log book

The academic log book (Word document 259kb) accompanies the academic curriculum. It’s the same format as the log book for the clinical curriculum, and needs to be completed and signed off in the same way.


Further resources

The Royal College of Physicians has produced a research engagement toolkit, which provides advice on how to get involved in research at any stage in your career.


Contact us

If you have any questions about postgraduate academic training in O&G, or want more information, email the CPD Lead or call +44 20 7772 6307.


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