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Education, training and CPD during the pandemic

A range of educational and support resources are available for women’s healthcare professionals. Please check this page regularly as more information will be added over time.

COVID-19 guidance webinar

On Tuesday 14 July, the College held a COVID-19 webinar, on the impact of the pandemic on clinicians and maternity service users. Please note: you will need to be a Member of the College to watch this content.

eLearning

Find out more at RCOG eLearning. The ‘Infectious diseases’ tutorial includes a section dedicated to COVID-19 and pregnancy.

Health Education England (HEE) has developed a coronavirus eLearning programme to help the health and care workforce respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Returning to work

Read our guidance to support retired O&G professionals returning to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maternity Emergencies

This Maternity Emergencies Update training package, a collection of resources curated by Cathy Winter and Tim Draycott, can be used as a short update for maternity staff (medical and midwifery) who are new to the maternity unit or have been recently redeployed to a different maternity clinical area.

The RCOG have endorsed a video made by the THIS Institute in collaboration with the PROMPT Maternity Foundation on managing obstetric emergencies during COVID-19.  The video, along with an information sheet and infographic, are freely available on the THIS website.

The BJOG COVID-19 Resource Centre

A collection of useful and credible links to selected guidelines, registries, primary sources, systematic reviews and websites, curated by the editors. The list of resources is updated weekly.

Literature

The RCOG Library team produces a weekly list of articles on Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy from several databases (Pubmed, Embase, Maternity & Infant Care, and the WHO COVID-19 database including the preprint server medRXiv). Details of earlier articles can be obtained from the Library team. Most coronavirus research is open access, and links to the full text are included.

Non pregnancy-related, regularly updated, clinical overviews are available to RCOG members on Coronavirus: novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and COVID-19 critical care.

Mental health and wellbeing

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has set up a webpage listing resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Staffing O&G units

The RCOG has developed staffing options for obstetrics and gynaecology services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting Our Doctors

Supporting the O&G workforce and ensuring doctors are equipped and able to deliver the highest levels of care to women and girls is a key priority for the RCOG. Find out more in our Supporting Our Doctors pages.

Other support resources

Other resources and services to support our members during the COVID-19 pandemic are currently in development.

Message of support from the RCOG Women’s Network

The RCOG Women’s Network has written a message of support, thanking all RCOG Fellows, Members, Trainees and Associates for their dedication and commitment to women’s healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the message from the Women’s Network.

RCOG exams, courses, conferences and events

Exams

  • The Part 3 MRCOG exam due to take place on 11–14 May 2020 has been postponed. We will be in touch with all eligible candidates once a new date has been confirmed. We are in discussions with Postgraduate Deans to minimise the impact to progression through the UK training programme. Find out more.
  • The April 2020 DRCOG exam has also been postponed and we have contacted candidates regarding refunds and information on future diets. Find out more.
  • The Part 1 and Part 2 MRCOG exams due to take place in July have been postponed until September. Find out more - Part 1 and Part 2.

 

Courses, conferences and events

  • All planned RCOG clinical events until the end of May 2020 have been cancelled. The Events team has contacted all affected speakers, delegates and exhibitors with details of how to transfer or cancel bookings. Find out more.
  • Our 2020 World Congress, scheduled to be held in Oman on 25–28 March this year, has been re-scheduled for 28–30 January 2021. Find out more on the Congress website.

 

The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG)

Our publishing partner, Wiley, has advised us that due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, they are ceasing all print and distribution services until further notice. This is because of the impact of lockdown policies and travel restrictions on supply chains, workflow and global air freight capacity.

This means that, unfortunately, you will not be receiving your usual print copy of TOG in April. All of the usual high-quality content, plus additional online-only content such as infographics and videos, will be available on the TOG app and TOG online, and we will alert you when the April issue is available.

To achieve CPD credits via the questions provided in TOG as part of the College’s CPD programme, please access the journal by signing into the College website and navigating to the ‘My Benefits’ section of your account.

 

Membership and Fellowship ceremonies

  • The Membership Admission ceremony planned for May 2020 will not be going ahead. Plans for Membership and Fellowship ceremonies later in the year will be kept under review.

 

Education and training in the context of COVID-19

We understand that many trainees are concerned about the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their training and progression through the programme. We have been working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), Health Education England (HEE), General Medical Council (GMC) and the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD) to support our trainees in these extraordinary circumstances.

Find out more about education and training in the context of COVID-19.

 

CPD in the context of COVID-19

We understand that the cancellation or postponement of educational courses and meetings will reduce access to some educational resources. The 2019 RCOG CPD Framework includes a number of alternative activities. We also anticipate your appraiser will be sympathetic if you are unable to complete the number of CPD credits recommended in the RCOG CPD Framework.

Find out more about CPD in the context of COVID-19.

 

Medical Training Initiative (MTI) and COVID-19

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has published guidance on immigration provisions for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with COVID-19. Find out more on our MTI pages.

 

Related information

 

General COVID-19 information