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Speciality: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/485

The West of Scotland (WoS) programmes offer a wide range of training opportunities within small, medium and large units based in city centre and more rural locations. The WoS programmes accommodate approximately half of all trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology within Scotland. Two programmes are in existence but in order to maximize educational opportunities for trainees, they are managed as one programme. An educational sub-group of the specialty training committee oversees the regular, parallel regional training sessions for basic training (ST1-2), intermediate training (ST3-5) and advanced training (ST6-7).

A typical programme will involve annual rotations between city centre and district hospitals except at ST2 to ST3 level where trainees will usually remain in the same unit for two years as they progress to the middle grade rotation. Educational needs often dictate remaining within a unit for more than 12 months at ST4 and above and this is generally accommodated. A long running part 2 MRCOG course is provided in Glasgow.

There are well established sub-specialty training programmes in maternal-fetal medicine, gynaecological oncology, and uro-gynaecology.

Provision of Advanced Training Specialty Modules is well established and overseen by the Director of ATSMs. The provision of ultrasound training is well established and is overseen by the Director of Ultrasound training.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Trainees can expect to rotate through a wide variety of training locations, including the large Glasgow teaching hospitals such as Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Victoria Infirmary, as well as district general and peripheral sites such as Monklands District General Hospital, Stirling Royal Infirmary, and the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Strong links with the University of Glasgow Academic Department facilitates world class research opportunities. Clinical research fellow posts and a lecturer post exist within the programmes. Several trainees pursue research projects with specific funding as out of programme experience. Participation in research and audit within the programme is strongly encouraged.

GATE - the Glasgow Academic Training Environment - offers additional training opportunity for academic trainees from August 2012. GATE aims to foster academic development & training beyond academic FY, through Core Training / ST1 & 2 and across a broad range of specialties, to prepare trainees for subsequent application to competitive local and national research training programmes (eg MRC, Wellcome Trust, BHF etc). GATE provides academic mentorship to facilitate attainment of academic objectives that are additional to the requisite competencies required of Trainees.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Gartnavel General, Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Vale of Leven District General Hospital, Alexandria, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, University Hospital Wishaw, Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling

Crosshouse Hospital
Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Glasgow Royal Infirmary Stirling Royal Infirmary
GUM Sandyford Stobhill Hospital
Hairmyres Hospital
Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Monklands Hospital
Princess Royal Maternity Unit
Royal Alexandra Hospital
Southern General Hospital
Vale of Leven District General Hospital
Western Infirmary/Gartnavel General
Wishaw General Hospital

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alan Denison
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Chris Lilley
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 Kirstyn Brogan
Address: Dr Kirstyn Brogan Consultant Obstetrician Ayrshire Maternity Unit Kilmarnock KA2 0BE 01563 825426
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