- Basic introduction
- How to apply
- How to prepare
The Part 3 MRCOG is a clinical assessment of knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies. Passing the Part 3 exam leads to the award of the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) and remains the essential waypoint for UK trainees to pass from core training to higher training (ST6 and ST7).
Format of the assessment
The Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment consists of 14 tasks in a circuit, each task based on one of the 14 modules detailed in the syllabus.
Each of the Part 3 modules is assessed in the context of five domains:
Communication with patients and their relatives
Communication with colleagues
Applied clinical knowledge
Each of the 14 tasks will assess between three and four of the domains to reflect everyday clinical practice where, for example, communicating with patients is inextricably linked with applied clinical knowledge, or communicating with colleagues also involves aspects of patient safety.
Each task is 12 minutes in length, which includes 2 minutes of initial reading time.
Eligible candidates can apply for the Part 3 MRCOG online. The application period is only open for a short period of time: please visit the Part 3 MRCOG exam calendar page for information about when you can apply. Any requests for special arrangements during the exam must be submitted before the closing date for applications.
The Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment assesses the application of core clinical skills in the context of the skills, knowledge, attitudes and competencies as defined in the Part 2 MRCOG curriculum.
In preparing for the exam, candidates should refer to the Part 2 MRCOG revision resources pagein addition to the Part 3 specific resources listed below.
The Part 3 MRCOG: Your Essential Revision Guide book is available from Cambridge University Press. This book is essential reading for any trainee preparing to sit the exam. The text includes written examples of every module, links to videos showing candidates attempting four real Part 3 tasks, examiners' comments, and a detailed discussion of each example.
StratOG has launched a new Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment resource to give candidates the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the format and how it is assessed. Using interactive videos, a circuit of 14 tasks has been created to reflect a Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment circuit. The resource is available in the Exam Preparation section of StratOG. A sample videofrom the resource is freely available.
For details of Part 3 MRCOG revision courses, please search the RCOG courses and events listings.
QUESTION：What is the Part 3 MRCOG exam?
ANSWER：The Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment aims to assess candidates’ ability to apply core clinical skills in the context of the skills, knowledge, attitudes and competencies as defined in the Part 2 MRCOG curriculum. The exam will assess the following five core skill domains: Patient safety Communicating with patients and families Communicating with colleagues Information gathering Applied clinical knowledge Further information can be found on the Part 3 MRCOG syllabus and format pages
QUESTION：How do I apply to sit the Part 3 MRCOG?
ANSWER：Eligible candidates can apply for the Part 3 MRCOG online. The application period is only open for a short period of time: please visit the Part 3 MRCOG exam calendar page for information about when you can apply. Any requests for special arrangements during the exam must be submitted before the closing date for applications.
QUESTION：How much does it cost to sit the Part 3 MRCOG?
ANSWER：For candidates living in the UK at time of application, the fee is £420. For candidates living outside the UK at time of application, the fee is £350.
QUESTION：Where can I take the Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment?
ANSWER：Please refer to the Part 3 MRCOG exam calendar for details of exam centres.
QUESTION：When will my entry ticket be sent to me?
ANSWER：Your entry ticket will be emailed to you approximately 4 weeks before your exam. You will need to print out your entry ticket and bring it with you to the exam, together with photographic identification.
QUESTION：What if I need a visa to get to the exam venue?
ANSWER：The College cannot advise you on this matter. Please contact the relevant consulate for information about any visa requirements before applying for the exam. If you need a letter from the Exam Department confirming your attendance at the exam, please inform us when applying for the exam, and ensure that you apply in good time.
QUESTION：Can I postpone my exam?
ANSWER：The regulations state that candidates who withdraw their application for a particular exam after the closing date, or who fail to appear, shall forfeit the exam fee. The application forms include a reminder of this regulation. This means the College cannot refund your entry fee after an exam’s closing date and your candidature for the exam will remain. The College cannot make changes or transfers of centres after the closing date. If you fail to attend the exam, your entry will not be counted as an attempt. In certain prescribed circumstances, the College does consider refunding the entry fee. If you wish to apply for this, please do so in writing (hard copy, not email or fax) to the Part 3 MRCOG Secretary at the RCOG immediately after the exam you failed to attend, enclosing documentary evidence to support your circumstances.
QUESTION：How is data about my exam dealt with?
ANSWER：If you are registered or anticipate being registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), your personal data, including data about your exam results, will be passed to the GMC for quality assurance and for research purposes, and to facilitate the awarding of Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT).
QUESTION：How many times can I attempt the Part 3 MRCOG?
ANSWER：Candidates are permitted four attempts at the Part 3 MRCOG. Candidates who do not pass after four attempts are required to take the Part 2 MRCOG exam again.