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Training/Trainees

Gynaecological Oncology is a highly specialized field, involving professionals from a large number of disciplines who collaborate to achieve optimal clinical outcomes. Training is a vital ingredient in realizing the goal of high quality care.

Subspecialist training

Gynaecological Oncologists are the primarily surgical members of the multidisciplinary team. Any individual wishing to become a Gynaecological Oncologist must undergo specialist training as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist within an RCOG approved training scheme.

Once sufficiently advanced in their specialist training, candidates may apply for subspecialist training in Gynaecological Oncology. Subspecialist training is also administered by the RCOG. It generally involves a placement within a training accredited Cancer Centre for a period of three years. One of these years is dedicated toward research, while the other two are focused on clinical training, including short placements in related disciplines such as colorectal surgery, urology and clinical and medical oncology.

For more details please refer to the links and contact details below.

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

There are many opportunities for continued professional development. These include the Bowel Anastomosis Course, and courses in Advanced Laparoscopy. Links and advertisements for these will be placed on the Events section of this website.

Formal CPD is administered by the RCOG, via the new online CPD diary facility on the RCOG website. Gynaecological Oncologists continue to be required to fulfill the Knowledge subsection of CPD by ongoing participation in the TOG journal MCQ programme. This is also accessed via the RCOG

Trainees

Gynaecology Oncology lead/minimal access surgery ATSM

There are local and regional units/centres across deaneries offering oncology lead ATSM. This is usually offered at ST6/7.

Trainees will require registration with the RCOG at commencement of the programme after confirmation by the clinical supervisor, preceptor and local /deanery director of ATSM. This requires a fee payable to the RCOG. A certificate of completion of ATSM is issued by the college on receipt of the notification of completion form. Training should take between 6 to 12 months. The relevant aspects of minimally invasive surgery applicable to function as an oncology lead are covered during training.

Subspecialty training in the UK

Subspecialty training in Gynaecological Oncology may be undertaken regionally within one of 27 recognised programmes accredited by the RCOG. Prior completion of core O+G training is mandatory and entry into a programme is through competitive selection.

Training lasts for a minimum of two years or three if the trainee does not have exemption from the research component of the curriculum. Subspecialty trainees are registered with the RCOG which requires the payment of a fee.

Pre-CCT holders undertake their fellowship as Out of Programme Training (OOPT) with subspecialty training not completed until the trainee's home deanery is satisfied that a CCT in general O+G can be awarded. The completion of ATSMs is not required for the award of a CCT when subspecialty training is being successfully undertaken. Progress through the demanding curriculum is assessed half way through and at the end of training by a panel of two external gynaecologic oncologists.

There is currently an oversupply of Gynaecological Oncologists. Therefore potential trainees should consider what makes them extraordinary at the earliest stage. Evidence of a long-term commitment to the specialty, outstanding surgical ability, leadership qualities, academic prowess and exceptional interpersonal skills will be necessary. This represents the minimum requirement and involvement with the BGCS can help with the development of these and other key attributes.

The BGCS has a trainee rep on its council Stephanie Kuku

Click to access the BGCS Training Subgroup page

Contacts

Stephanie Kuku
Email: Stephanie.kuku@bartshealth.nhs.uk

Bettina Muller (RCOG subspecialty trainee contact)
Email: bmuller@rcog.org.uk

Useful websites

General

Applying for sub-specialty training
www.rcog.org.uk/education-and-exams/curriculum/subspecialty/application-subspecialty-training

ATSMS and subspecialty training
www.rcog.org.uk/education-and-exams/curriculum/advanced-training-skills/atsms-and-subspecialty-training

SST undertaken OOPT at another deanery
www.rcog.org.uk/education-and-exams/curriculum/subspecialty/sst-undertaken-oopt-another-deanery

Curriculum

Sub-specialty education and examinations
www.rcog.org.uk/education-and-exams/curriculum/sub-specialty

Module information on Gynaecological Oncology
www.rcog.org.uk/curriculum-module/gynaecological-oncology-go-0

Sub-specialty training research approval
www.rcog.org.uk/education-and-exams/curriculum/subspecialty/research-approval-subspecialty-training

Colposcopy

BSCCP information
www.bsccp.org.uk

RCOG module curriculum on Colposcopy
www.rcog.org.uk/curriculum-module/atsm-colposcopy

Workforce

RCOG guidance
www.rcog.org.uk/files/rcog-corp/uploaded-files/RCOGFutureWorkforceFull.pdf