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Professional Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Duration: 9 months

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


Women represent the cornerstone of a family’s overall health, ensuring they have access to quality care also can lead to improved health for children and families. Women bear exclusive health concerns, such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, menopause, and pregnancy. Women suffer higher heart attack deaths compared to men. Depression and anxiety exhibit more frequently among female patients. With these unique presentations, women require clinicians with dedicated and up to date skills.

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Programme Details

Aimed at Doctors, Nurses, and Midwives this 9-month women's health course gives a solid grounding in the management of common and important obstetrics and gynaecological issues.

This Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, delivered in conjunction with iheed, is a nine-month online programme, designed specifically to cater for busy healthcare professionals.

Drawing on the expertise of national and international experts in women's health, the programme provides learners with advanced knowledge and skills to enhance the health of women.

About the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Established in 1654, The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is a world-leading postgraduate medical training college dedicated to ensuring that doctors have the skills to provide patients with the best possible care.

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Why Royal College of Physicians of Ireland?

  • Helping doctors reach their full potential since 1654
  • Largest postgraduate medical college in Ireland
  • Prestigious world-recognised brand
A world-class online learning experience

A world-class online learning experience

This programme's online content is compelling, content-rich, and interactive. It employs state-of-the-art technology and uses best-in class resources including:

  • interactive video, 2D & 3D animations, medical imagery and instructional competency-focused videos.

  • Integrated access to Medical Libraries, Databases, Journals, e-books, research papers and drug formulary.

  • A focus on mastery of competencies

  • Online proctoring of formal, summative exams.

  • A range of assignment types including multi-media assignments, focused on select competencies/skills.

  • Real-time, synchronous tutorials via video conferencing and online discussion forums

  • Development of learning communities within and beyond each programme.

Quite simply, this will be a superior online learning experience to anything you have done to date

Who is this programme for?

Who is this programme for?

The programme is aimed at general practitioners, family physicians and those considering or at the beginning of specialty training. It is also open to nurses and midwives working in the area of Women’s Health.

Programme Overview

This programme blends self-directed learning and Tutor-led group learning. Throughout the programme, you'll engage in: online group tutorials, tutor-moderated discussion forums, interactive case studies, reflective exercises. The programme is broken down into the following modules:

Programme Modules:

  • History taking, examination and communication

  • Physiology and embryology

  • Anatomy

  • Drugs in pregnancy

  • Early Pregnancy    

  • Routine Antenatal Care  

  • Antenatal complications  

  • High risk/maternal medicine care 

  • Labour and Birth 

  • Postnatal Care  

  • Disorders of menstruation 

  • Contraception

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection, Vaginal discharge, Human Immunodeficiency Virus

  • HRT & menopause 

  • Benign gynaecology 

  • Infertility 

  • Incontinence

  • Prolapse

  • Cervical and Endometrial cancers

  • Ovarian and vulval cancers

  • Introduction to Systems Thinking and Human Factors

  • Patient Safety

  • Person (Professional) Factors

  • Work System Factors

  • Patient Factors

  • Work Process Factors

  • Measurement, Adaptation and Improvement

  • External Environment Factors

Your Dedicated Tutors

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Saudabi Valappil

Dr Saudabi Valappil

Consultant in Obstetrics & Fetal Medicine

Rachel Mackey

Dr Rachel Mackey

Tutor in Gynaecology

Martina Schembri

Dr Martina Schembri

Specialist Obstetrician

Anabela Serranito

Dr Anabela Serranito

Obstetrics and Gynaecology consultant

Clare O'Connor

Dr Clare O'Connor

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Aisja Janjua

Aisja Janjua

Consultant Obstetrician

Sohinee Bhattacharya

Sohinee Bhattacharya

Senior Lecturer in Obstetric Epidemiology

Claire McCarthy

Claire McCarthy

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Dr Sarah Nicholson

Dr Sarah Nicholson

Tutor in Gynaecology

Course Benefits

A truly global programme

Developed by international O&G experts. Participants from across the globe (50+ nationalities) study together, learning from each other's experiences and challenges.

World-leading healthcare faculty

Our tutor faculty comprise world-leading women's health practitioners. They are practicing clinicians working at the coalface of female care.

Easy-to-use online student portal

The student learning environment is accessible anytime, anywhere on any device designed with the busy clinician in mind.

A world-class online learning experience

The programme is a truly transformative user experience. The content is rich, compelling, engaging and innovative. It includes interactive video, 2D & 3D animations, medical imagery and instructional competency-focused pedagogy.

A World Leading Brand

Est. in 1654, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is one of the most prestigious postgraduate medical training bodies in the world.

Enhance your CV, boost your career

An RCPI Diploma can help early-stage physicians secure coveted consultancy training positions. The qualification can also aid established physicians become physicians with a special interest or expanded role.

This course has given me a great foundation to build on in the areas of Women's Health. I enjoyed the weekly tutorials immensely and the input from our tutors.

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Breda MaguireCNM3, Ireland

I would recommend this programme for any busy doctor/nurse as it is easily accessible from home. Living in a rural area, I have always been constrained in terms of attending “in person days” for diplomas. The time off work/distance factor was always a huge issue for me. I was delighted that this diploma was solely online and the tutors were recognised well respected experts in their field.

Caroline CowleyGP, Ireland

Great course. It helps a lot in improving my OnG knowledge and in my practical work in providing women health care for my patients.

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Chia Yen FongGP, Malaysia

I found the tutorials helpful because I work in a district clinic. We don't easily get access to specialists who are located about an hour flight away from where I work and sometimes we don't have phone lines which make it impossible to get a specialist opinion, especially in an emergency situation. Hence, this program made me more confident manage my patients. I would definitely recommend this to all my fellow colleagues.

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Nurul Darwina Zawani Mohd Shaik DawoodGP, Malaysia

As a midwife with no nursing/medical background I was very apprehensive undertaking this course. I was genuinely concerned I would not understand the level it was pitched at !! There was absolutely no need for me to worry about any aspect of the course as it was taught generically for all levels. I have absolutely no regrets about doing this course as it established a platform for me to run a clinic in my GP practice dedicated to womens health. I cannot thank the course organisers enough, jacinta, direct entry midwife.

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Jacinta FlanaganMidwife, Ireland

I am extremely satisfied with the learning provided by the programme. All tutors were extremely professional. I have learned valuable knowledge which will be really helpful for my practice.

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Asma MehmoodSHO, Ireland

Your Questions Answered

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the RCPI Professional Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology programme. If your query is not answered, please reach out to us on the live chat on the site.

You need to hold a bachelor degree in medicine, nursing or midwifery.  Physiotherapists can also apply, so please contact us to find out more. Nurses who hold a diploma are also welcome to join.

You will be required to study for 4-5 hours of online study per week which includes the 1 hour weekly tutorial.

Europe – Wed/Thu p.m., APAC – Thu p.m., GCC – Fri a.m.

The programme is eligible for CPD points/CME hours worldwide. Regarding using the programme to gain employment, you need to go through the regular process to work in Ireland, through the Irish Medical Council. That being said, having this programme on your CV is a real competitive advantage when applying for IMC registration or jobs in Ireland.

There are 2 exams, 2 skills-based assessments and 1 written assessment you will need to do to get the qualification.

No, it is a nine-month Professional Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology aimed at improving students' knowledge and skills in the subject areas of obstetrics and gynaecology, to improve their confidence to take on and treat female patients around different areas of women’s health.

Yes, please see the link to the full programme curriculum here.

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