MRCOG Part 1 Course

Your one-stop guide to passing the MRCOG Part 1 Examination

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The intensive course is designed to prepare the candidate who is going to sit for the MRCOG Part 1 Examination soon. It is a revision course and the candidate is expected to have done some reading before subscribing for the course. The entire syllabus cannot be covered but the core areas as shown by the blueprint of the syllabus by the Royal College is covered. The modules include: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Embryology, Endocrinology, Epidemiology/Statistics, Genetics and Physiology for Paper One and Biophysics, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology Pharmacology, Clinical Management and Data Interpretation for Paper Two.

Each module will start with a lecture that covers the core or “must know” knowledge the candidate must know before he or she enters the Examination Hall. To test his understanding of the subject, it will be followed by ample practice with single best answer (SBAs) questions on the topic. Notwithstanding, the candidate must supplement his or her knowledge with further reading. The RCOG website gives a list of useful reference books.

Please make the best of the Course and I wish you the best in your Examination.

Professor Kulenthran Arumugam
MBBS (Spore), MRCOG, MD, PhD, Dip Epid. (Lond)
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Kulenthran Arumugam
Kulenthran Arumugam

Professor Kulenthran Arumugam

MBBS(Spore); MRCOG; MD; PhD; Dip Epid (Lond)

Professor Arumugam has been running the Part 1 MRCOG course and with great success for more than ten years. The course also attracts candidates from overseas Centres. He has now decided to take it online.

He has been both the Chairman of the Malaysian Representative Committee for the RCOG and part of many a” train the trainers courses” for the MRCOG Examinations organized by the Royal College in the past. He is well versed with the evolving format of the Part One Examination having been the organizer and facilitator for the MRCOG Examinations in Malaysia for more than twelve years. Besides being an experienced Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, he has a good grounding in the basic sciences having been a lecturer in the pre-clinical departments for two years before he took up Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Malaya Medical Centre. He is therefore well qualified to give this course. Where necessary however he has sought the help of his Faculty members to fill in the gaps.

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Course Content

Module One: Anatomy

  • Anterior abdominal wall
  • Inguinal and femoral canals
  • Femoral triangle
  • Blood supply and venous drainage of abdominal organs
  • Bony pelvis and pelvic sidewalls
  • Nerve supply
  • Blood supply lymphatic drainage of pelvis
  • Pelvic organs including the rectum, anal canal and bladder
  • Female perineum

Module Two: Biochemistry

  • Cell organelles and their function
  • Steroid chemistry
  • Prostaglandin chemistry/pharmacology
  • Biochemistry of vitamins
  • Acid-base balance
  • Oxygen dissociation curve

Module Three: Embryology

  • Ovum, spermatozoa and fertilization
  • Early embryology and organ derivatives
  • Development of the female reproductive system
  • Development of the urinary system

Module Four: Endocrinology

  • Hypothalamus and Pituitary gland: clinical correlation
  • Thyroid gland and its dysfunction
  • Adrenal gland and it dysfunction
  • Blood glucose control, insulin and diabetes
  • Calcium metabolism and osteoporosis

Module Five: Epidemiology/statistics

  • Basic statistics: measures of central tendency and dispersion, p value and 95% confidence intervals including distributions, hypothesis testing and types of errors.
  • Overview of common statistical tests used and when to use them
  • Types of studies and levels of evidence
  • Clinical trials: methods and statistical analysis including strengths of association
  • Screening and diagnostic tests
  • Statistics on maternal, neonatal and perinatal mortality

Module Six: Genetics

  • Cell cycle and chromosome: basic knowledge
  • Chromosomal abnormalities: aneuploidy, microdeletions
  • Principles of inheritance and pedigree chart
  • Prenatal genetics: screening tests, diagnostic tests, overview of molecular genetic tests,
  • Genetics of gynaecological malignancies

Module Seven: Physiology

  • Spermatogenesis and sperm function
  • Folliculogenesis and the menstrual cycle
  • Ovulation induction and the hyperstimulation syndrome
  • Maternal physiology: physiological changes in pregnancy lactation
  • Placental physiology including abnormalities

Module Eight: Biophysics

  • Principles of ultrasound
  • Doppler in obstetrics
  • DEXA scans
  • Principles of Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Radiotherapy
  • Lasers in gynaecological surgery
  • Principles and safety of electro-surgery

Module Nine: Immunology

  • The immune system: innate and adoptive: phagocytes
  • T cells and B cells and antibodies
  • The complement system
  • Cytokines
  • Hypersensitivity reaction
  • Major histocompatibility complexes

Module Ten: Microbiology

  • Common infections in gynaecology
  • Genital ulcers
  • Infections in pregnancy
  • Puerperal sepsis and nosocomial infections
  • Modern methods in diagnosis

Module Eleven: Pathology

  • Cellular response to physiological and pathological stress
  • Common non-neoplastic conditions in gynaecology
  • Pathology in obstetrics
  • Malignant diseases in gynaecology: ca vulva, ca cervix, ca endometrium, ca ovary
  • Chemotherapy

Module Twelve: Pharmacology

  • Pregnancy and pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics of commonly used drugs
  • Teratogenesis
  • Non-hormonal treatment in obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Hormonal therapy for non-malignant conditions in gynaecology
  • Anaesthetic drugs used in pregnancy

Module Thirteen and Fourteen: Data interpretation and Clinical Management

  • Interpretation of the results of common clinical investigations in gynaecological and obstetric practice
  • The management of common problems in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Course Curriculum

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  Module 1 Anatomy
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  Module 2 Biochemistry
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  Module 3 Embryology
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  Module 4 Endocrinology
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  Module 5 Epidemiology/Statistics
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  Module 6 Genetics
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  Module 7 Physiology
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  Module 8 Biophysics
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  Module 10 Microbiology
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  Module 11 Pathology
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  Module 12 Pharmacology
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  Module 13 & 14: Data Interpretation and Clinical Management
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What previous students say

"Concise, Effective, Life-saving. Prof’s revision course was invaluable to me in my exam preparation. He narrowed the topics down to what's important for the exam and helped us strategize our studies better. Lots of practice with SBAs during the course too. Without a doubt, an essential revision course which I highly recommend." - August 2017

“Helps to focus on what to study.” - November 2018

“Really great. Appreciate your hard work and thank you for guiding us." - November 2018

“Comprehensive course." - November 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and continues indefinitely. But it will be updated from time to time in terms of content and pricing. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course but the course will be updated from time to time

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