Are you eligible to sit the part 2 MRCOG?

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List of contents.

  1. introduction

  2. requirements for UK trainees: "route A"

  3. requirements for trainees who are not in the UK: "route B"

  4. what to do if you don't fit route A or route B

  5. how to contact your RCOG Representative

  6. RCOG page detailing the regulations

 

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Introduction.

The eligibility rules changed on the 1st. July 2008.

You can find the full regulations on the RCOG website.

But you are probably better off reading this digest first.

The new regulations tie in with the syllabus.

And the format.

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Contact your local College Representative.

If you have queries or problems, it may help to contact your local College Representative. .

   if you work in the UK, ask your consultant or clinical director as one of the consultants will be the College Tutor.

   if you don't work in the UK, contact the chairman of the  local College Representative Committee.  

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Requirements for trainees in recognised UK specialist training programmes.

The College calls this "Route A".

You must:

  1. have been fully registered with the GMC for at least 4 years,

  2. have passed part 1 MRCOG,

  3. have at least 2 years' full-time (or equivalent) experience in O&G.

  4. have held each O&G post for at least 6 months,

  5. have completed training by 7th. February for the March exam and the 7th. August for the September exam.

"Flexible training", i.e. training that is not full-time, has to be approved by the College in advance.

 

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Requirements for all other trainees.

This applies to everyone who is not in a recognised UK training programme.

The College calls this "Route B".

You must:

  1. have a medical qualification that is recognised by the GMC,

  2. have held the medical qualification for at least 5 years,

  3. have passed the part 1 MRCOG,

  4. have at least 4 years' full-time (or equivalent) experience in O&G,

  5. have been in O&G for at least 2 years in the 4 years before the first application to sit the exam,

  6. have completed training by 7th. February for the March exam and the 7th. August for the September exam.

The College states that all overseas posts are normally accepted as training posts if they are hospital posts.

Training done before passing the part 1 MRCOG counts towards the total of 4 years.

"Flexible training", i.e. training that is not full-time, has to be approved by the College in advance.

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What if you don't fit with Route A or Route B?

You can apply to the College for special permission to take the exam.

You need to write to the Examination and Assessment Committee explaining your case.

I would speak to the local College Representative for advice before submitting your letter.

See the links above for contact details for your local College Representative.

 

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Tom McFarlane.

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