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Postgraduate Committee and predecessors

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 RCOG/B8
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: Postgraduate Committee and predecessors
Date(s): 1967-1992
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 8 boxes and 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

Following the Royal Commission on Medical Education and the establishment of the Central Committee on Postgraduate Medical Education it was felt, in 1967, that the College should increase its role in sponsoring and organising postgraduate education and an ad hoc Sub-committee on Continuing Education met to discuss the issue. This led in 1968 to the establishment of a Postgraduate Medical Education Committee to deal with postgraduate training for the three year period from registration up to the MRCOG examination and beyond. It was to oversee the administration of existing programmes, such as demonstrations, conferences, symposia and scientific meetings, and also to determine overall policy with regard to postgradute training regionally and locally. It was renamed the Postgraduate Committee in 1973. The Committee was disbanded in 1992 when it was replaced by the Education Board. From 1968 Regional Advisers (subsequently known as College Advisers and then Regional College Advisers) enabled the College to be better informed about postgraduate training at a local level. Their role included promoting the views of the College locally, providing the College with information on education and training in their regions, giving advice on the specialty to those organising training and also to trainees. From the early 1970s meetings of these Advisers were held quarterly and their discussions reported to the Postgraduate Committee.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Postgraduate Committee and predecessors, 1967-1992, comprising agenda, minutes and papers of the committee and correspondence of the Director of Postgraduate Studies, primarily relating to Regional College Advisers.

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:

RCOG/B3/2 have been indexed and the names of successful candidates will be found in the Index to the Guide to the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

In 1985 a collection of papers concerning the elevation to Honorary Fellowship, Fellowship Ad Eundem, and Fellowship without Membership were found in a storeroom; these were all retained permanently and are at B3/2. Later records were transferred at various times by the Fellowship Selection Committee secretary. The minutes at B3/5 were transferred in 2003 by the Membership Services Department. In 2007 it was decided to move much of this fonds to A12.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Early transfers of records of the Committee and its predecessors are undocumented. From 1998-1999 the Committee's records were transferred at regular intervals by the Committee secretary.

Allied Materials

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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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