It goes without saying that you must know your Guidelines. This does not stop at the Green Top Guidelines, as some people think. You also need to look through the other areas on the RCOG website dealing with Clinical Governance, Consent Advice, Good Practice as well as key statements and papers from the various Working Parties, Study Groups and the Scientific Advisory Committee. National Guidance is arguably even more important and we would recommend you start with NICE before getting into the RCOG Guidance..
The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, or TOG as it is better known, is a great Journal. Most delegates include TOG in their essential reading material and ask us how long they need to go back. It’s a good question. We do not think a time limit should be applied, as there are some excellent articles that are still as relevant today as when they were written. Some of these feature in the Exam such as the reviews on teaching methods and psychiatric disorders in pregnancy. Another excellent journal for general reading is Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine (OGRM), better known to many as Current Obstetrics & Gynaecology. OGRM is specifically aimed at MRCOG Part II candidates and is updated every three years to ensure it remains relevant. We recommend looking at key articles from the TOG series and the last three years of OGRM. Use them to fill any gaps in your knowledge that still exist after you’ve been through the Guidelines.
The same is true of the various textbooks available. There are some great textbooks out there however including Obstetrics and Gynaecology: An evidence-based text for MRCOG by Luesley and Baker and Catherine Nelson-Piercy’s excellent Handbook of Obstetric Medicine. The RCOG Bookshop closed at the end of 2012 reflecting the move towards e-learning and digital print. You can still get these books, and many others, through Amazon.
We strongly recommend StratOG, the RCOGs own on-line learning resource. It’s free to all Fellows, Members and registered trainees so there is simply no excuse not to try it.
There are lots of other books out there including texts that will compliment the two classics plus a vast range of test books offering MCQs, EMQs, and SAQs. Feel free to try one or more but we hope the information you will get from our Courses combined with that contained within the questions on our website will be more than enough.
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