POSTGRADUATE EXAMS

A summary of Obstetrics & Gynaecology specialisation exams for trainees in Ireland. 

For more details about the exams, click on the links for the respective exams.

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PART 1 MEMBERSHIP OF ROYAL COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS & GYNAECOLOGY (MRCOG)

This is the starting point to attaining your Obstetrics & Gynaecology memberships in Ireland and UK. You will need to pass this exam before you can attempt the Part 2 MRCOG or the MRCPI Obstetrics & Gynaecology exam.

This exam is accepted as an equivalent to MRCPI Part 1 when you are assessed on your eligibility to attempt MRCPI Obstetrics & Gynaecology. However, as MRCPI Part 1 is not accepted as equivalent for Part 2 MRCOG;  MRCOG Part 1 is the recommended exam for those considering a career in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 


There is a strong emphasis on basic medical science subjects; so it is advisable to attempt it not long after graduating medical school.  You can start attempting this exam during your internship or first SHO year.

DIPLOMA IN OBSTETRICS & WOMEN'S HEALTH (DOWH)

Since November 2019, it has been redeveloped into 19 modules that will take approximately 6 months to complete. Completion of all modules and passing the end-of-module assessments will lead to a RCPI postgraduate qualification in obstetrics and gynaecology.

DIPLOMA OF ROYAL COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS & GYNAECOLOGISTS (DRCOG)

The UK version of DOWH aimed at General Practitioners trainees with a special interest in Women's Health. It can also be attempted by Obstetrics & Gynaecology trainees before they are eligible to attempt the MRCPI Obstetrics & Gynaecology.


There is no specific period of training required before attempting this exam.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE ROYAL PHYSICIANS OF IRELAND (MRCPI) OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY

Held in 5 different locations throughout the world, this exam is a requirement for entry into Higher Specialist Training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Ireland. You will need to attain MRCOG Part 1 or MRCPI Part 1 before you can attempt MRCPI in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.


Aside from that, there is a requirement for at least 2 years of clinical experience in Obstetrics & Gynaecology before you attempt this exam.

PART 2 & 3 MEMBERSHIP OF ROYAL COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS & GYNAECOLOGY (MRCOG)

The gold standard qualification for career progression in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, it is the target of trainees in Obstetrics & Gynaecology on completion of their specialisation training.


Part 2 MRCOG is a written assessment held in a number of locations in the world while Part 3 MRCOG is a clinical-skills based assessment held only in UK.