Records of the Joint Working Party of the RCOG and the Academic Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Scope and Content

Records of the Joint Working Party of the RCOG and the Academic Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology on improving recruitment, including a copy of the working party report, together with the agenda and circulated papers of meetings of the Recruitment Implementation Group.

Administrative / Biographical History

The terms of reference of this Working Party, established in November 2005 as a joint Working Party between the College and the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (APOG), were as follows:

1. To consider ways of improving recruitment to obstetrics and gynaecology at undergraduate level

2. To make specific recommendations to individual university departments of obstetrics and gynaecology and agree reasonable targets

3. To arrange an annual meeting of academic departments in the UK to exchange ideas, identify areas of good practice and develop an agenda for the recruitment of medical students to the specialty

4. To consider how RCOG prizes and awards can be developed to enhance recruitment

5. To recommend a system for recognising excellence among clinical teachers of obstetrics and gynaecology in the UK and Irish Medical Schools.

In February 2006 APOG, which had been in existence for over 25 years as an association of senior academics was disbanded and replaced by a new grouping, the Academic Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AAOG), open to clinical and relevant non-clinical academics of all grades, as well as to NHS consultants who had a strong interest in academic work. The Working Party continued its work and a final joint RCOG / AAOG report was published in December 2006.

Conditions Governing Access

Permission is required from RCOG senior management via the College Archivist for access to College records less than twenty years old.