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Speciality: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/484

Training is 7 years long, each post on the rotation is usually 1 year. Trainees rotate through –

-The Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) 6,500 deliveries pa

-St John’s Hospital, Livingston (SJH) 3,000 deliveries pa

-Borders General Hospital, Melrose (BGH) 1,500 deliveries pa

-Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy (VIC) 4,000 deliveries pa

ST 1 Mainly in RIE with 1 potential in SJH

ST2 Mainly RIE with 1 in SJH and VIC

ST3-5 Mainly All centres

ST6-7 1 year in SJH/VIC and 1 year in RIE

It is envisaged that trainees will have placements at 3 of the 4 centres during the training. This will depend on individual needs.

Broad training and experience in general Obstetrics and Gynaecology in line with the RCOG Curriculum with excellent educational supervision is provided. Trainees in years 6-7 will complete 2 ATSMs. 

There are opportunities for sub-specialisation in Materno-Fetal Medicine, Gynaecological Oncology and Reproductive Medicine. There is a strong tradition of training in academic medicine with established links to the University of Edinburgh. Excellent research facilities at the Queen’s Medical Centre at Little France enhance Out of programme Experience.

The normal entry point is by competitive entry at ST1.

The 1st year is spent gaining generic experience in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and surgical skills. From ST3 trainees function on the middle grade on call rota and rotate though the units in order to build on obstetric management and labour ward skills, develop gynaecological operating skills and complete the core logbook. 

The membership exam of the RCOG must be passed prior to entry into ST6. The training programme accommodates less than full time trainees and periods out of programme spent in research. 

In addition to the clinical attachments there is a central core-teaching
programme, multiple opportunities for post graduate learning and excellent library facilities.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

South East Scotland offers the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh, with excellent leisure, lifestyle and shopping, but also close and easy access to some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, with superb outdoor sporting and leisure facilities. 

Excellent opportunities to take part in research and audit projects each year. 

With the Scottish Parliament residing in Edinburgh numerous great opportunities for leadership and management have been afforded to our trainees. 

Great teaching and training by individual sites and supplemented with Regional training days. These are protected and rotate in location around the region and also collaborate with Dundee.

This programme includes the National Trainees AMONGST meeting on an annual basis. 

The region is an exciting, busy international place to train and launch your career in O and G. We enjoy great relationships and collaborations with the other regions of Scotland and only a 60 minute flight to the RCOG in London.

We look forward to welcoming you to join our team !

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Borders General Hospital, Melrose

South-East Scotland – Edinburgh hospitals with placement in Lothian, Fife, and Borders hospitals;
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh – Tertiary teaching hospital
St John’s Hospital, Livingston – District General Hospital
Fife Acute Hospitals – Maternity and District General Hospital
Borders General Hospital, Melrose – small District General Hospital
Family Planning and Well Woman Centre, Edinburgh – Community Gynaecology Service

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office South-East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alan Denison
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Mr Alastair Murray
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Karina McQuiston
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Paul Mills
Address: St. John's Hospital Howden Road West Howden Livingstone West Lothian EH54 6PP
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