Examinations: MOG / MRCOG
Information listed here is by no means exhaustive. Please contact your own university/the RCOG for the latest information.
Specialty Programme in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Dr. ObGyn / MOG)The Masters or Specialty programme in Obstetrics & Gynaecology was first started in the 1980's by the three leading universities in Malaysia (Universiti Malaya, UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia &UniversitiSains Malaysia). The aim of this programme was to produce competent specialists in Obstetrics & Gynaecology to meet the demand of the Obs and Gynae services of the country.
Within the Masters programme, candidates are given a choice of either the Closed or Open System. In the Closed System candidates will spend thewhole 4 years of his/her training in the respective University Hospital. Choosing the Open System means that the candidate will be posted to various recognized government hospitals across the country and will be supervised by the recognized consultants working in the respective hospitals. The candidate is required to return to the university hospitals for 2years during their training.
The aim of the Open system is to enable more doctors to access the Specialty programme through a curriculum set by the universities on the advice of the Conjoint Board (Specialty Subcommittee of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Malaysia). The system enables doctors to pursue postgraduate education and also continue to provide services in the field of O & G at the government hospitals throughout the country.
Since the year 2009, the International Islamic University Malaysia had fulfilled the requirement as another training centre for the fraternity and ALL four Universities are currently using the same curriculum and training programme besides holding a uniform specialty Examination.
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The background to the Conjoint Entrance Examination for the Specialty in Obstetrics &Gynaecology Malaysia programmeThe Director General of Health and the Academy of Medicine have always desired to have a common entrance exam as a prerequisite to enter the Masters Programme. The problem is that the candidates have to register with any one of the universities to sit for such an examination and this poses a lot of logistics problem.
It is also noticed that in recent years, the quality of the postgraduates in the Malaysian Conjoint Masters Obstetrics & Gynaecology programme has deteriorated markedly. Despite the stringent methods in choosing the senior candidates who have completed at least 3 years of medical service and having interviews on all the applicants that are eligible by senior members of the O&G fraternity in the Government service and universities, many of the students perform below expectations. The Conjoint Board is of the opinion that the wrong cohort of students are being chosen into the programme.
A number of the candidates that have been selected into the programme quit the course hardly a few months into the training, depriving others of a place in the programme.
The Part 1 examination has a high failure rate despite the basic questions that have been set by the panel examiners. Candidates have to sit several times before passing the examination and a number of candidates have to leave the programme after exhausting all their chances. These multiple attempts will distract the candidates from concentrating fully on their clinical training programme and to start their clinical studies.
In the Part II examination, the glaring weakness that was seen in each examination was the high failure rate in the Theory section. It indicates that the candidates lack self reading and did not take extra effort to upgrade their clinical and theoretical knowledge. In the clinical examination, the candidates also lack the basic clinical knowledge expected of a clinician.
All these indicate the lack of commitment in the students chosen into the programme. We need to produce quality and not quantity in the Malaysian Masters O&G programme. In view of this, the Conjoint Board (which comprises of the examination Board members of 4 participating Universities, the Senior Government O&G Consultants and the Academy of Medicine) have decided to organize an Entrance Examination which the candidate must pass before he or she can be eligible for the Interview for selection into the programme. Only those who are really committed will apply, thus ensuring a dedicated group of students into the Malaysian Conjoint O&G Specialty programme.
The Entrance Examination
The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in the United Kingdom conducts the MRCOG examination for candidates from all over the world. As requirements for the examination changes from time to time, please follow this link for the latest information: