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Undergraduate academic education and training

This section of the site provides information and resources designed to support academic training in obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G) at undergraduate level.

The RCOG, through the Academic Board, is fully committed to the concept that undergraduate O&G is:

  • A fundamental part of the undergraduate experience
  • A key element in educating trainees in basic clinical skills in O&G
  • An opportunity to expose undergraduates to the option of O&G as a career

This section of the site brings together the ways in which the RCOG supports and develops undergraduate academic work in O&G.

Undergraduate work in the Academic Board

The Academic Board’s role in the development of undergraduate academic work in O&G includes:

  • Supporting and developing those involved in planning and delivering undergraduate programmes in O&G at UK medical schools
  • Supporting and encouraging undergraduate students wanting to develop an interest in O&G, particularly academic aspects of the specialty, in the future

The Academic Board also collates a range of useful information for undergraduates interested in academic O&G:

Undergraduate lead

Miss Fidelma O’Mahony FRCOG, consultant in O&G and Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University Hospital of North Midlands is the undergraduate lead for the RCOG. She is year 4 clinical lead at Keele Medical School and has been involved in curriculum development and administration as well as undergraduate teaching since the medical school was established.

She is keen to promote links between undergraduate and postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and to develop academic and clinical learning opportunities across the speciality. She is happy to be contacted by email fidelma.o' or telephone on +44 (0)1782 672376.

Junior academic trainees’ representative

The junior academic trainees’ representative is Dr Robbie Kerr. Robbie is an ST4 and has entered his second year as an Academic Clinical Fellow in the Sanyu Research Unit at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. The Sanyu Unit specialises in low cost technologies for improving global maternal and newborn health. Dr Kerr’s research interest is international maternal health, specifically: evaluation of obstetrics training in low-resource settings, induction of labour and postpartum haemorrhage. He is motivated to improve opportunities for those at all stages of their training to get involved in research in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Meetings and conferences

The Annual Academic Meeting, organised jointly by the RCOG and the Blair Bell Research Society, provides a forum for medical students to present their work in a rigorous national environment, in oral and poster formats. The meeting also includes a session in which undergraduate leads and students can discuss key issues on how best to support the development of undergraduate students.

The RCOG also runs the annual National Trainees Conference specifically for trainees in O&G, although there isn’t a specific slot for undergraduates.

There is also a Medical Students’ Day, organised jointly by the RCOG and the British Undergraduate Society for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BUSOG), designed to showcase a career in O&G and to offer tips on making the most of the undergraduate experience.

For information about these meetings and conferences, please search within our Course listings.