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Equivalence of Training Committee

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 RCOG/B36
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: Equivalence of Training Committee
Date(s): 2005-2008
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 50 boxes
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 2005, the Post Graduate Medical Education Board (PMETB) was established as an independent regulatory body responsible for postgraduate medical education and training. It assumed its statutory powers on 30 September 2005 taking over the responsibilities of the Specialist Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges (STA) and the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice (JCPTGP). PMETB's statutory responsibilities included establishing, promoting, developing and maintaining standards and requirements for postgraduate medical education and training across the UK. In order to practice in the UK, doctors are legally required to be on the registers of specialists and general practicioners (GPs) maintained by the General Medical Council (GMC). A major facet of PMETB's work was to ensure that doctors were appropriately qualified and certified for application to the specialist and general practice (GP) registers. In response to this national development, the Equivalence of Training Committee was set up in August 2005, reporting to the Education Board. Its remit was to: redefine "equivalence" in respect of Specialist Registration; determine the standards required for an NHS Consultant within the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology; agree methods of assessment according to guidance issued by PMETB; assess applications and submit recommendations to PMETB; liaise with PMETB on all appropriate issues; consider the liability to the College and how this may be indemnified. The Committee's primary function was to assess applications from O&G doctors applying to be included on the Specialist Register maintained by the General Medical Council: assessing and judging if a doctor's medical experience can be seen to be equivalent to the medical training they would have undertaken if they had passed the MRCOG. Previously the College had been responsible for deciding who should be entered onto the Specialist Register, but PMETB as an independent body took over this function in 2005. The Equivalence of Training Committee was established to report to the PMETB with recommendations on the equivalence of training, the College was no longer responsible for making the actual decision.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Equivalence of Training Committee, 2005-2008, comprising committee files including agendas, circulated papers and associated correspondence, including decisions about recommendations on individual doctor's applications to the Specialist Register.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As set out above in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open, although restrictions apply for items containing personal information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

DRCOG: The College Archives holds a card index to DRCOG passes from the 1940s to late 1998. The Head of the Examination Department also has an index to DRCOG passes and failures dating back to the 1940s. A database of DRCOG holders from 1990 is maintained by the Administration Department.

MRCOG: A database of MRCOG holders is maintained by the Membership Services Department. The database does not include Fellows or Members who died before 1990. The College Archives holds card indexes of deceased and living MRCOG holders between 1929 and 1998. The indexes note the date of admission to the FRCOG or MRCOG. A bi-annual Register of Fellows and Members (living only) is compiled by the Administration Department; copies are transferred regularly to the Archives and will be found at A12/1-3.

ODTS (overseas doctors' training scheme): A database of overseas doctors who have applied to sit the MRCOG is maintained by the ODTS Administrator. Once the doctors pass the MRCOG their names are removed from this database and added to the MRCOG database maintained by the Membership Services Department, with an annotation to indicate that they are overseas doctors.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Several early catalogues were not transferred and are no longer extant.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred by the CPD Administrator, Clinical Governance and Standards Department in 2004 and 2006.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Imported from the RCOG catalogue and edited by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Import: Oct 2008; edit: Feb 2009.

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