Part 1

With thanks to Natasha Sharman for the summary

Compulsory for progression to ST3.

 

Two sittings annually: January and July

 

Next sitting: 26th September 2020

 

Application period closed

 

Cost: £474

 

How to apply:

You need to complete an eligibility application:

  1. Email part1eligibility@rcog.org.uk with the email subject: "Part 1 Eligibility Assessment Application [insert your College number]"
     

  2. Attach the completed form.
     

  3. Attach:

    1. A scan or photo of your original primary medical degree certificate
      OR

    2. A scan or photo of your medical registration certificate, provided it states your primary medical degree and university
       

  4. You will then receive an automatic response about the next steps to follow.

Exam format:

  • 2 x single best answer written papers

  • 100 SBAs in each paper

  • Each paper 2.5hr

  • Sat on same day with 1hr lunch break between

 

Maximum number of attempts at Part 1 is 6.

Part 2

Compulsory for progression to ST6.

You must attempt Part 2 at least once in the 7 years after completing Part 1.

Two sittings annually: January and July

Next sitting: 27th September 2020

Application period closed

Cost: £474

Application process:

  1. Submit ‘Assessment of Training’ form 

    1. Route A – for UK trainees with a National Training Number.  Must be at ST3 level or above at date of application for Assessment of Training.

    2. Route B – for those without a National Training Number. Must have a minimum of 4yr full time working in Obstetrics & Gynaecology here or abroad, with a minimum of 2yr in the last 4yr.

    3. Allow 8 weeks for the Assessment of Training to be processed. If you haven’t heard after 8 weeks email examstraining@rcog.org.uk

  2. Apply online for the exam

 

 

Exam format:

  • Two written papers, worth equal marks. Both have same format:

    • 50 single best answer

    • 50 extended matching questions

    • each paper 3hr

    • recommended to spend 70mins on SBAs and 110mins on EMQs

 

Maximum number of attempts at part 2 is 6.

Part 3

Compulsory for progression to ST6.

You must attempt Part 3 at least once in the 7 years after completing Part 2. Many people choose to take it soon after Part 2.

Next sittings:TBC

Arrival time 09:00, Exam sitting 10:00- 12:50

Arrival time 12:00, Exam sitting 14:00- 16:50

Cost: £441

Application process: apply online, no eligibility form required.

 

Exam format:

  • Circuit with 14 interactive stations

  • Each station is based on one of the 14 modules in the syllabus

  • Each station assesses 3-4 of 5 possible marking domains:

    • Patient safety

    • Communication with patients and their relatives

    • Communication with colleagues

    • Information gathering

    • Applied clinical knowledge

  • Each station lasts 12 minutes, including 2 mins reading time

  • Each station with have one trained clinical examiner

  • 4 stations will also have a lay examiner

  • Two types of station:

    • Simulated patient/colleague tasks: involving interactions with an actor in a simulated scenario.

    • Structured discussion: direct interaction with clinical examiner.

  • Some stations may be linked, requiring using information from the previous station

  • You may need to write in some stations      

 

Maximum number of attempts at Part 3 is 4.