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
  • 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, Support Person and/or Colleague
  • Respect of Patient, Support Person and/or Colleague
  • 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 2020 examination 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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