Subject to GMC approval, the RCOG is launching a new O&G curriculum in 2019 – covering all core and advanced elements – to equip the profession with all the skills, knowledge and attributes needed for the future.
All colleges and specialties are required by the General Medical Council to move to a high-level outcomes approach. This means specifying the general capabilities that all doctors should have by the end of their training programme. This is a very different approach to the current one which is based on the notion of competency in clinical skills and procedures.
The core training programme will remain at 7 years, with waypoints also remaining the same.
Much of the current clinical content will be the same. However it will be described, packaged and assessed differently.
The new curriculum is designed to promote and encourage the exercise of professional judgement, both by the Trainee and the trainer. This is a fundamental concept of the new curriculum.
The current emphasis on tick-boxes and numbers of assessments will be replaced by an expectation that the Trainee doctor will take responsibility for their own learning, by deciding what evidence will be appropriate to demonstrate progress, and by assessing their own performance.
Likewise, Educational Supervisors will make global assessments of a Trainee’s performance and make a recommendation to the ARCP panel as to progression. The final decision as to progression will rest with the ARCP panel.
There will be detailed guidance for Trainees and Educational Supervisors on the expectations for each year and stage of training. This guidance will be integral to the ePortfolio.
The curriculum will be delivered through a new ePortfolio which has been designed specifically for our curriculum. All Trainees and Educational Supervisors will be moved on to the new ePortfolio system by October 2019. The move will be gradual and for most Trainees this will be after their ARCP.