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MRCOG Part 3: Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Timetable & Fee Structure

January 10, 2023
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The MRCOG Part 3 clinical assessment aims to evaluate applicants’ aptitude for applying fundamental clinical abilities about the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and competencies outlined in the MRCOG Part 2 curriculum. One receives membership in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists after passing the MRCOG Part 3 exam (MRCOG).

Eligibility for MRCOG Part 3

  • To be eligible for Part 3, the aspirant must have passed the MRCOG Part 2 and got the Assessment of Training (AoT) approved.
  • For AoT, 4 years of training in Obstetrics and Gynecology is required, of which 2 years should be within the 4 years preceding the candidate’s initial application.

Assessment of Training (AoT)

  • It is a prime requirement to register for the MRCOG Part 3 or the MTI scheme.
  • After completing the MRCOG Part 1 exam, you can only apply to have your training evaluated. AoT can also be filled before the Part 2 results.
  • Applications for AoT can be made at any time, but you can’t take the MRCOG Part 3 exam until your application has been approved.
  • Processing of AoT application takes up to 4 weeks.
  • Candidates who already met the MRCOG Part 2 eligibility requirements, including having their Assessment of Training certified before July 2019, do not need to reapply.

AoT Deadlines

Part 3 MRCOG exam Deadline for AoT
Part 3 MRCOG exam- February 2023 24 October 2022
Part 3 MRCOG exam- May 2023 26 January 2023
MTI 2023 31 October 2022


Post-registration Training

There are two ways that post-registration training is evaluated to determine eligibility for the Part 3 MRCOG exam:

Route A: Applicable only for learners in a reputable UK specialized training programme.

Route B: Applicable for all other candidates.

Route A

Participants in an accredited specialist training programme in the UK should show evidence of the following:

  • At the time of applying for the Assessment of Training, the applicant must be enrolled in intermediate training at the ST3 level or higher.
  • The National Training Number must be included in the application for AoT that trainees must submit.
  • There is no need for any supporting documents; if the college needs more information, candidates will be notified via email after receiving their application.

Route B

Candidates who are not enrolled in an approved specialized training programme in the UK should exhibit the following:

  • A minimum of 4 years of full-time experience in obstetrics and gynecology or an equivalent post-registration position in the UK or abroad.
  • Within the 4 years before a candidate’s initial application, he/she must spend at least 2 years (full-time or equivalent) in the specialty.
  • A single post must have been held for at least six months straight.
  • All foreign O&G hospital-based positions are welcomed.
  • When applying the AoT, training must be finished.
  • Flexible training in recognized positions is allowed as long as College approval is obtained in advance.

MTI 2023 Scheme

Medical Training Initiative (MTI)

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) can go to the UK under the MTI scheme for up to 2 years to train in the National Health Service (NHS). They must fulfill all the eligibility criteria and apply for the same.

MRCOG Part 3 Exam Pattern

The MRCOG Part 3 Clinical Assessment comprises 14 tasks in a circuit based on the 14 modules from the syllabus.

The duration of each task is 12 minutes including 2 minutes of initial reading time.

The assessment for the MRCOG Part 3 is done in the context of five domains:

  • Patient safety
  • Communication with patients and their relatives
  • Communication with colleagues
  • Information gathering
  • Applied clinical knowledge

Types of Tasks

The MRCOG Part 3 contains two different types of tasks:

  • Simulated patient/colleague tasks: The candidate will interact with a patient (actor) who has been prepared and well-prepped for the role they will play during the simulated patient/colleague tasks. The actor will be well-versed in the pertinent case information and will be prepared with some pre-written questions to ask if required.
  • Structured discussion tasks: These tasks require the candidate to communicate directly with a clinical examiner. To prevent the candidate from running out of time, the examiner will have a list of questions and comprehensive instructions for the work that they can use to prompt the candidate. As the scenario develops, the examiner could provide the candidate with additional knowledge before posing new questions.
  • A circuit may have “linked tasks,” wherein the second task is coupled to the first, to allow for more depth in the assessment of applied clinical knowledge. There can also be assignments where candidates need to write something.

How many attempts are allowed for the MRCOG Part 3?

In MRCOG Part 3, candidates are allowed 4 attempts. Candidates must retake the MRCOG Part 2 exam if they are unsuccessful after four attempts.

This does not, however, count as an attempt for candidates taking the digital remote exam for the first time.

MRCOG Part 3 Exam Date

The MRCOG Part 3 is conducted in three sessions per year.

The February 2023 MRCOG Part 3 exam is a supplemental test outside of MRCOG’s regular schedule to give the international O&G community one more opportunity to obtain an exam spot. This exam is specifically designed to give applicants outside of the UK another opportunity to take the MRCOG Part 3 exam.

February 2023 Exam Important Dates

Deadline for all candidates to ensure the home address and email address is up to date 2 December 2022 (Friday)
Closing Date for Assessment of Training 24 October 2022 (Monday)
Opening Date for Booking window application 8 December 2022 (Thursday)
Closing Date for Booking window application 19 December 2022 (Monday)
Exam Dates 6th – 9th February 2023

8th – 12th May 2023

6th – 10th November 2023

 

Result Declaration 7 March 2023 (Tuesday)

 

Aspirants can apply for training assessment after passing MRCOG Part 1 exam.

MRCOG Part 3 Examination Fee

Location Fees (2023)
UK and Republic of Ireland £563
Band A £901
Band B (India comes under this category) £840
Band C £617

Points to Note for the fee structure:

  • India comes under Band B. Thus, the fee for the candidates having exam centres in India is £840 which is equivalent to INR 73,584.37. The amount in the Indian currency varies as per the currency change.
  • Payments are linked to the country’s bandings of international membership fees.
  • Banding applies to the center where you take the exam, not the candidate’s country of residence.
  • You can check out on the official website under which band your exam centre country falls.

MRCOG Part 3 Pass Marks

RCOG Procedure: The standard for determining whether a candidate is competent is determined using this approach, which is based on adding the number of examiner judgments in a specific examination to an additional factor and a standard measurement error.

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