Is a predominantly clinical specialty. A trainee must deal with normal and abnormal pregnancy and with disorders of the female reproductive organs. Besides the physiological and pathological processes involved, the psycho-social effects of reproductive events and of gynaecological disorders must be understood. The Obstetrician-Gynaecologist must develop diagnostic and therapeutic skills and a particularly high competence in communication. Simultaneously, the trainee must develop competence in all Obstetric procedures and in a number of core Gynaecological surgical procedures. (RCPI – November 2013)

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, RCPI

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