Improving the training of the future gynaecologist: development of a European curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG-PACT)


PGME, training, harmonisation, Europe, EBCOG, PACT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Published online: Nov 21 2018

G. J. E. van der Aa 1,2 , A. J. Goverde 3,4 , F. Scheele 1,2,3,5

1 Department of Research and Education, OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam, the Netherlands;
2 Athena Institute, Faculty of Science, VU, Amsterdam, the Netherlands;
3 European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Brussels, Belgium;
4 Department of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecology, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, the Netherlands;
5 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Amsterdam UMC, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


The European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has initiated improvement of the European standards of training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology through the project called ‘EBCOG-PACT’. In this project, a pan-European curriculum for postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology has been developed. The curriculum is societally responsive, and based on the latest medical educational methodology. It consists of the description of outcomes of training for the common Core Curriculum and Electives, the General competencies and soft skills to be trained, and strategies for training of obstetrical skills, gynaecological skills, ultrasound skills and bio-psychosocial and communicative skills. Also, the curriculum provides strategies for assessment through entrustment, a model for portfolio as well as strategies for faculty development and quality management of training. The implementation of the European curriculum in Obstetrics and Gynaecology will provide opportunities for national scientific and professional societies and ministries of health or education to consider modernisation of national or local OBGYN training programs.