Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Obstetrics and Gynaecology (often abbreviated to OB/GYN, O&G or Obs & Gynae) are the two surgical specialties dealing with the female reproductive organs, and as such are often combined to form a single medical speciality and postgraduate training program. This combined training prepares the practicing Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist to be adept at the surgical management of the entire scope of clinical pathology involving female reproductive organs, and to provide care for both pregnant and non-pregnant patients.


Interview - Dr Sarah Corbett

Dr Sarah Corbett currently enjoys her Registrar position in the Auckland Region and shares with us her experience of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology training programme in Auckland!
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Sub Specialities

Across our Auckland hospitals, sub specialty options available before or after completion of Fellowship training are:

  • Gynaecological oncology
  • Obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound
  • Maternal-foetal medicine
  • Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
  • Urogynaecology
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Sites and Resources

Hospital Sites

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How to train as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specialist

The six year post graduate training programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology consists of:

  • Four year planned rotation between 3 hospitals, (includes a six month attachment at a provincial hospital), leading to the membership examination of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).
  • Two years of elective training which may be undertaken at an institution of the trainee's choice in New Zealand, or at an overseas hospital, with College approval.

Regular teaching and mock examinations are provided at National Women's Hospital and all trainees in the Auckland area are encouraged to attend.

In Auckland, the following posts are available:

  • 15 at National Women's Hospital
  • 7 at Middlemore Hospital
  • 3 at North Shore Hospital
  • 1 research post at National Women's Hospital

Note: Part-time training/job-sharing must be approved by the College and the DHBs.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • have 3 years post-graduate experience, including 12 months recognised Obstetrics and Gynaecology experience as an SHO or Registrar
  • must be eligible for registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • must be enrolled with the College

For more information about training visit the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.

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Who can I talk to and where to next?

The training programme in Auckland is organised by the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Vocational Training Committee with representation from all hospitals across Auckland. This Committee is committed to further improve the quality of teaching in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Auckland.

It is desirable for applicants to fit the following criteria:

  • those who have been accepted into the Integrated Training Programme
  • applicants familiar with medical practice the NZ Public Health Service
  • those holding general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • those with the Dip Obs and Med Gyn, or an equivalent Obstetrics and Gynaecology  qualification

In addition to the standard application process, applicants must:

  • complete the Obstetrics and Gynaecology  Trainee Information Sheet and return it with the application form.
  • apply to the Secretary, RANZCOG, PO Box 1503, Wellington for an application for entry into the training programme. Applicants must be NZ Residents/citizens and must have general registration.
  • contact Dr Derek Souter (NWH), Sarah Tout (MMH), Mahesh Harilal (ACH) or Jenny Westgate (NSH) for further information regarding the Integrated Training Programme.

Note: Applicants may be required to attend an interview; this would be at the applicant's expense.

Sarah Tout - Chair of the O&G Vocational Training Committee
Clinical Director of Women's Health CMDHB

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