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Agreement between RCOG and European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO)

Details of agreement between RCOG and ESGO

ESGO training is a minimum of 24 months of gynaecological oncology training.

To be eligible for ESGO accreditation the doctor would need to spend a minimum of 12 months in an ESGO recognised subspecialty training centre for gynaecological oncology, follow the ESGO gynaecological oncology curriculum (PDF) and register their subspecialty training with ESGO prospectively.

  1. Doctors are able to achieve ESGO accreditation if the doctor has undertaken 12 months of subspecialty training in a UK gynaecologcial oncology subspecialty training centre recognised by the RCOG or 12 months in an ESGO recognised gynaecological oncology subspecialty training centre. For these doctors there are three options to achieve ESGO accreditation:
    1. The doctor undertakes 12 months of subspecialty training in an ESGO recognised gynaecological oncology centre.
    2. The doctor undertakes 12 months of subspecialty training in a UK gynaecologcial oncology centre recognised by the RCOG. In order to accommodate the doctor, the UK RCOG recognised gynaecological oncology centre must not have a RCOG sub-specialty trainee undergoing surgical training in their approved training programme; e.g. must have a gap within their approved programme.
    3. The doctor undertakes a combination of subspecialty training in the UK (any gynaecological oncology cancer centre) and the ESGO accredited centre outside the UK to meet the 12-month criterion. This must be approved by ESGO prior to starting the training.
    4. The remainder of the 24-month programme can be undertaken outside of these accredited gynaecological oncology centres
       
  2. Doctors who are resident in the UK or have the right to work in the UK and who are not undertaking RCOG subspecialty training are able to achieve ESGO accreditation if the doctor undertakes 12 months of subspecialty training in an ESGO recognised gynaecological oncology centre outside the UK or 12 months of subspecialty training in a UK gynaecologcial oncology centre recognised by the RCOG. In order to accommodate the doctor, the UK RCOG recognised gynaecological oncology centre must not have a RCOG sub-specialty trainee in post undergoing surgical training in their approved training programme; e.g. must have a gap in their approved programme. The remainder of the 24-month programme can be undertaken outside of these accredited gynaecological oncology centres.
     
  3. A doctor who has undertaken RCOG subspecialty training in gynaecological oncology in the UK, who has been appointed in open competition to a RCOG approved subspecialty training post, and has been accredited by the RCOG for gynaecological oncology can apply for ESGO accreditation on completion of RCOG subspecialty training in Gynaecological Oncology.

 

ESGO accreditation does not allow doctors to register for CCT and subsequent entry onto the Specialist Register with subspecialty training in Gynaecological Oncology with the GMC.