The new European Curriculum for Training ObGyn has launched!
Among the core objectives of EBCOG (European Board & College of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology) and ENTOG (European Network of Trainees in Obstetrics and
Gynaecology) are the quality of training and ensuring optimal healthcare for women
and their babies in Europe. The Project for Achieving Consensus in Training (PACT)
is a great example of fulfilling these goals through the development of the new
European consensus-based curriculum for training in ObGyn.
In this project both medical specialists and trainees from all over Europe have worked
together by sharing their experiences with and expertise on high-quality training and
healthcare. EBCOG-PACT has consequently laid down the foundation for the
implementation of training standards throughout Europe.
In EBCOG-PACT, the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for every European
gynaecologist have been defined as the ‘core’ curriculum. Additionally, ‘electives’
have been described, which are positioned between the core curriculum and the
subspecialties. Each trainee should be trained in at least one elective. The core and
electives have been developed with the use of formal consensus techniques and
discussions within EBCOG and its subspecialty organizations. In addition to the
medical competencies, PACT also emphasizes the development of soft skills and the
use simulation training.
PACT also delivers guidance for training at the tactical level. Examples of this are:
– entrustment of professional activities based on a portfolio of learning
– assessments and evaluation by a competence committee;
– quality management of the training institution and recognition by an external
Defining core competencies of specialists across a wide geographical area with
varied socio-demographic factors was a challenging task. The authors hope that
PACT will help to customize the training programs to the needs of individual nations.
Having a common European curriculum will increase the mobility of gynaecologists
and trainees in Europe and enable us to learn from each other’s systems of
The next step is bringing the curriculum into action. If you have any ideas of how the
new European curriculum could be promoted in your country, you are welcome to
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The project was funded by the European Union Erasmus+ programme.
Project chair: Fedde Scheele
Project manager: Jessica van der Aa
Get full version of curriculum here!
EBCOG-PACT Curriculum (2.2 MiB)