DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination

The DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination is a carefully planned and highly structured examination. It is designed to test the clinical competence of a candidate in the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology from across the DRANZCOG Advanced curricula (CWH/DRANZCOG/DRANZCOG Advanced).

The examination format

  • The examination comprises 10 stations  
  • Each station is scored out of 20 marks; a total of 200 marks are available in the examination
  • Candidates are allowed four minutes reading time before each station and are examined for 12 minutes at each station (an additional two minutes is allocated to the first rotation)
  • Stations may contain multiple encounters
Stations may have an examiner playing the role of the patient or have a standardised patient (actor).  In all stations candidates should use non-technical language to explain the situation or the results and avoid the use of jargon and acronyms.
The examination is scored using a global (holistic) scoring method.  Candidates will be assessed using the following domains*:
  • History and Examination
  • Investigations and Interpreting Results
  • Treatment/Management
  • Clinical Knowledge
  • Complex, Urgent or Unusual Clinical Presentations
  • Rapport with Patient
  • Respect of Patient
  • Communication Skills

*Each station will assess a number of these domains.
The following are critical topics in the DRANZCOG Advanced Curriculum and some of these may be included in the examination:

  • Management of antepartum haemorrhage
  • Instrumental deliveries
  • Management of eclamptic patient
  • Resuscitation of neonate
  • Management of postpartum haemorrhage
  • Management of pre-eclampsia
  • Management of shoulder dystocia

DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination Venue

The 2018 venue is TBC

More information

For enquiries regarding the DRANZCOG Advanced Oral Examination, please contact the Assessment team.

Email: [email protected]



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