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- Program Overview
- Academic Process
- Educational Supervisors
- Clinical Rotations
- Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)
- Royal College Examination
- Benefits of Royal College Degree
- Benefits of Enrolling at TEXILA
In medical examinations, the MRCOG (Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) holds a significant place, serving as a milestone for professionals in the field. The virtual space was recently graced by an insightful webinar on MRCOG Examination Preparation, presented by the esteemed Mr. Mohan Kumar. This blog post aims to explore the invaluable insights shared during this enlightening session, offering comprehensive guidance and empowerment for those aspiring to excel in their MRCOG journey.
The webinar commenced with an overview of the Royal College Programs, elucidating the diverse fellowships available for medical professionals:
- Fellowship in Internal Medicine (MRCP Clinical Premier Training)
- Fellowship in Surgery (MRCS Clinical Premier Training)
- Fellowship in Paediatrics (MRCPCH Clinical Premier Training)
- Fellowship in Radiology (FRCR Clinical Premier Training)
- Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology (MRCOG Clinical Premier Training)
Delving into the prerequisites for enrolment, Mr. Mohan Kumar detailed the eligibility criteria:
Duration: 3 years
Intake Periods: March and September
Qualification: MBBS degree
Registration: Registered with the Medical Council of India
Age Limit: No age bar
The speaker provided a comprehensive overview of the Royal College Clinical Premier Training Program, highlighting the key elements that position it as a benchmark in medical education:
Program Standards: Commitment to delivering training and coaching at a standard equivalent to the UK’s.
Expert Guidance: The program boasts a pool of consultants—distinguished RC-qualified experts, ensuring top-tier training aligned with global medical standards.
Clinical Training: Practical application of theoretical knowledge in TAU-associated hospitals under the guidance of experienced Clinical Supervisors.
Curriculum-Aligned Rotations: Systematic rotations through relevant departments for a well-rounded and specialized experience.
Monitoring and Support: Dedicated Clinical Supervisors provide close monitoring and support to nurture each student’s growth and development.
The academic journey within the Royal College Clinical Premier Training Program mirrors the prescribed curriculum, ensuring that students receive a robust education that aligns with international standards. Central to this process are the clinical rotations, providing a hands-on approach to learning. Key components of the academic process include:
- Periodic Reporting: The submission of monthly reports, as prescribed by the University, documenting progress, challenges, and achievements.
- Multimedia Support: Video lecture subscriptions and question banks by professional trainers to enhance the learning experience.
- Structured Examination Timeline: Mandatory exam clearances at critical milestones to ensure academic progression.
- Completing Academic Requirements: You must fulfil various academic prerequisites, including maintaining a log book, submitting case reports, participating in practice tests, conducting article reviews, and engaging in continuous medical education (CME).
Here’s a closer look at these supervisors’ pivotal role in shaping aspiring healthcare professionals’ educational journey.
- Designation and Expertise
The program’s heart lies in the expertise of its Educational Supervisors, esteemed members of the respective Royal Colleges. This designation reflects a wealth of knowledge and experience and aligns with the high standards set by these prestigious institutions.
- Continuous Evaluation
Educational supervisors are responsible for evaluating students’ progress monthly. This evaluation encompasses a thorough examination of logbooks and case reports. This structured approach ensures that students consistently meet the program’s academic requirements.
- Personalized Academic Engagement
The essence of effective mentorship is personalized engagement. Educational Supervisors maintain constant contact with students, visiting them every month at their respective hospitals. This practice serves a dual purpose—addressing any concerns or issues students might have and assessing the quality of clinical training provided by hospital consultants (clinical supervisors).
- Rigorous Viva Sessions
To enrich the learning experience, Educational Supervisors conduct viva sessions with students on their academic submissions. These sessions provide a platform for in-depth discussions, ensuring that students meet the program’s standards and develop a deeper understanding of their chosen specialties.
- Accountability Mechanism
Committed to academic excellence, educational supervisors follow a stringent accountability mechanism. If a student does not submit the necessary document for a particular month, educational supervisors mark the student as zero. This approach reinforces the importance of timely and consistent academic engagement.
The importance of clinical rotations in gaining exposure to various specialties was emphasized:
- Compulsory Rotations: Students posted in different departments/disciplines/sub-specialty units associated/linked with the program for a definite period.
- Coordination: Clinical rotations are coordinated by the coordinator of the approved hospital.
- Norms and Regulations: Adherence to the standards and regulations of the hospital during rotations.
Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)
An essential part of the program involves periodic reviews to assess students’ clinical competencies and theoretical knowledge:
- Meeting Conduct: By the end of the year I and II, the Program Champion (PC) and the Dean will conduct the ARCP meeting based on the educational supervisor’s recommendation regarding the student’s clinical progression to assess the student’s clinical competencies and theoretical knowledge.
- Promotion: Based on the committee’s recommendations and the student’s progress, they will be promoted to the next academic year.
- Exam Clearance: Students are recommended to clear their respective Royal College exams.
Royal College Examination
The mandatory nature of clearing Royal College exams was highlighted:
- Part I exam completion by the end of the first year.
- Part II exams were successfully undertaken by the end of the second year.
- Completion of Royal College Part III – clinical examination by the close of the third year.
All students receive timely notifications of Royal College exam dates through the Learning Management System (LMS).
Mock Exams: To fortify students for the challenges ahead, a proactive measure involves mock exams:
Timing and Preparation
Conducted two months before Part I/Part II of the Royal College Exams.
It was preceded by a webinar led by an expert who has conquered the RC exam, aiding students in strategic preparation.
Mandatory attendance ensures focused preparation and readiness for the actual examination.
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination): A vital preparatory component for the Royal College clinical exam:
Completing two OSCE sessions in years two and three depends on the student’s success in the preceding year’s exams.
OSCE serves as a crucial preparatory session, refining clinical examination skills.
Attendance: Recognizing the significance of consistent engagement and learning commitment:
Students are required to maintain a minimum attendance of 80% throughout the academic year.
Failure to meet this requirement may result in a program extension.
Benefits of Royal College Degree
An exploration of the advantages associated with obtaining a Royal College degree
- Worldwide Recognition: The degree enjoys global recognition, opening doors to opportunities worldwide.
- Gold Standard in Medical Qualification: Regarded as a gold standard, signifying excellence in medical education.
- Symbol of Excellence: The degree serves as a symbol of excellence in the medical field.
- Improves Medical Knowledge and Boosts Skill: Enhances medical knowledge and augments practical skills.
- Better Job Offers: A Royal College degree enhances job prospects and opportunities.
- Professional Benefits: Yields professional benefits, contributing to career advancement.
- Higher Pay: Graduates with a Royal College degree often command higher remuneration.
- Easiest Path to a Excellence Medical Career: The degree is an accelerated path to a fulfilling medical career.
Benefits of Enrolling at TEXILA
Why choose TEXILA for your medical education journey? Here’s why:
- On-demand Specializations: Tailor your specialization to match your career aspirations.
- On-demand Location: Choose your preferred location for learning, offering flexibility and convenience.
- NABH / DNB Approved Hospitals for Training: Training occurs in hospitals approved by NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) and DNB (Diplomate of National Board).
- Supervised Training Program: Enjoy a managed training program, ensuring guidance and mentorship.
- RC-Qualified Faculty Support Throughout the Course: You will benefit from continuous support from faculty members qualified by the Royal College.
- Question Bank Subscriptions for PASTEST / BMJ: Access valuable resources through subscriptions to question banks, including PASTEST and BMJ.
- Webinar Supports from RC-Qualified Faculties: Engage in webinars led by RC-qualified faculties, enhancing your understanding and preparation.
- Opportunity to Become Associate Membership of Royal College: TEXILA provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue Associate Membership of the Royal College.
- Dedicated Student Mentor & Academic Coordinator: Experience personalized support with true mentors and academic coordinators.
In essence, Mr. Mohan Kumar’s webinar serves as a compass, guiding healthcare professionals through the intricacies of the MRCOG journey. From program details to the benefits of a Royal College degree and the advantages of choosing TEXILA, the session provides a comprehensive guide for those aspiring to excel in obstetrics and gynaecology.