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CPD for international doctors

This page provides information for doctors practising outside the UK who wish to participate in the RCOG’s continuing professional development (CPD) programme.

Doctors have a responsibility, wherever they practise, to remain competent, up to date and fit to practise in their work. Professional ethics is at the heart of continuing professional development and, as a responsible doctor, you should participate in CPD to do your best for your patients and women’s health.

One of the College’s main objectives is promoting standards of care both nationally and internationally. To help achieve this aim, we provide a CPD programme for those practising O&G or its subspecialties. You may find that participating in such a scheme is helpful to maintain high standards in your area of practice. We encourage all our Fellows and Members to engage in CPD activities.

You may be participating in your local CPD programme. However, if you are unable to do so, you are welcome to register on the RCOG’s CPD programme. If you do not hold the MRCOG you can apply to become an RCOG Associate to participate in the RCOG CPD programme.

The RCOG’s CPD programme for international doctors

The College is fully aware of global women’s health issues and that international doctors practise in diverse contexts. To encourage Fellows, Members and Associates to maintain their knowledge and skills wherever they are, we have developed a new CPD Framework that:

  • is accessible and relevant to international doctors
  • is flexible in content and ways of learning (you choose, the College provides guidance, but does not mandate)
  • can be tailored to your local needs
  • puts focus on lifelong, self-directed learning
  • provides opportunities for learning from experience (informal learning)
  • encourages learning in non-technical skills– patient safety, human factors, communication, team-working
  • supports career development and personal job satisfaction, is adaptable to changing future careers
  • makes reflection easier to support
  • shows outcomes of CPD
  • is free of charge for Fellows, Members and RCOG Associates

For further information, please visit the CPD Framework page.

The new CPD ePortfolio

A new CPD ePortfolio has also been developed to accompany the new CPD Framework.

The new CPD ePortfolio:

  • is mobile / tablet friendly
  • can capture reflection and outcomes of CPD
  • enables you to download customised output reports between dates of your choice
  • helps doctors plan their learning objectives for the forthcoming year
  • allows doctors to demonstrate that their CPD relates to what they do

Reflection and action

CPD is most effective when you reflect on your learning. Reflection encourages you to become a lifelong learner as it necessitates focussed and analytical thinking. You are more able to appraise your practice critically, identify, plan and evaluate learning. Documented reflection leads to the identification of areas for improvement and professional development. Additional credits are claimable for completion of a reflection log on the learning achieved.

The new programme also allows you to demonstrate how you might have applied your learning to your practice, the service you provide and / or the potential impact of the learning. This could range from a comment that you have changed a single aspect of your personal practice as a result of the learning to demonstration of a major change in the way an entire service is delivered. Additional credits are claimable for completion of an action log.

CPD resources

If you register on the CPD programme, you can select from a variety of different educational activities, including

  • submitting your answers online to the questions provided in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (TOG)
  • participating in eLearning
  • learning from meetings and courses that you find educational (including those organised in your own country and world region)
  • learning from experiential events, for example a discussion with a colleague, a compliment that you have received, learning from cases, departmental educational meetings, teaching others and serious incidents

The new programme is not prescriptive and you can select the learning that best reflects your practice and your local circumstances.

Registering for the CPD programme

To register as an international CPD participant, please complete the registration form.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the registration process or the CPD programme, please email the CPD office or call +44 20 7772 6307.