Revision Notes for the DRCOG : A Textbook of Women’s Health, Second Edition book cover
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Revision Notes for the DRCOG
A Textbook of Women’s Health, Second Edition

ISBN 9781482226423
Published June 15, 2015 by CRC Press
236 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

First published as Mastering the DRCOG, this highly acclaimed revision text has been completely updated and revised to follow the syllabus of the DRCOG examination. This book:

  • Provides relevant content arranged in seven chapters, following the DRCOG curriculum
  • Delivers useful information such as references to guidelines and research
  • Presents content relevant to the real world in the busy GP clinic—it is written by GPs for GPs
  • Includes sample MCQs, SBAs, and EMQs, all closely matched to the exam

This book is an excellent revision guide that will help you achieve success in the DRCOG exam. It also forms a succinct and highly readable guide for all general practitioners with an interest in women's health as well as those preparing for revalidation.

Table of Contents

Basic Clinical Skills
Basic Female Anatomy
Basic Female Physiology
Taking a Gynaecological History
Examining Women
Normal Physiological Vaginal Discharge
Pregnancy Testing
Blood Testing for Gynaecological Problems
Microbiological Testing
Imaging Investigations
Legal and Ethical Issues
Maternity Pay and Benefits

Basic Surgical Skills

Pre-Operative Care
Peri-Operative Care
Surgical Instruments
Post-Operative Care
Surgical Procedures Used in Gynaecology

Antenatal Care

Role of the Midwife
Role of the Obstetrician
Role of the General Practitioner
Minor Ailments of Pregnancy
Moderately Serious Pregnancy Complications
Very Serious Pregnancy Complications
Maternal Infection During Pregnancy
Antenatal Screening and Prenatal Diagnosis
Chromosomal Abnormalities of the Autosomal Chromosomes
Chromosomal Abnormalities of the Sex Chromosomes
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions That Affect Pregnancy
Special Antenatal Areas

Management of Labour and Delivery

The Weeks Prior to Delivery
Stages of Labour
Management of Normal Labour
Assessment of Fetal Well-Being
Induction of Labour
Obstructed Labour
Obstetric Emergencies
Cultural and Religious Attitudes to Childbirth

Postpartum and Neonatal Care

Management of the Normal Postpartum Period
Management of the Abnormal Postpartum Period
Neonatal Care

Gynaecological Problems

Ambiguous Genitalia
Adolescent Gynaecology
Adult Gynaecology
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Non-Sexual Vaginal Infections
Non-Infectious Vulvo-Vaginal Conditions
Early Pregnancy Problems
Gynaecological Cancers

Fertility Control


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Sexual Abuse and Rape
Domestic Violence
Commercial Sex Work (Prostitution)
Human Trafficking
Cosmetic Surgery
Female Genital Mutilation
Media, Body Image and Eating Disorders
Eugenics: Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening
Egg and Sperm Donation
Three-Parent Babies
Surrogate Motherhood
Services for Foreign Pregnant Women in the United Kingdom
Female Orgasm

Sample Examination Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Single Best Answer Questions (SBAs)
Extended Matching Questions (EMQs)

Sample Examination Answers and Explanations

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs): Answers and Explanations
Single Best Answers (SBAs): Answers and Explanations
Extended Matching Questions (EMQs): Answers and Explanations

A: Useful Documents and Websites

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Jamila Groves, BSc, MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, MRCGP, DCH, is a general practitioner who works as a partner in Leatside Surgery in Totnes, Devon, UK. Dr. Groves enjoys all aspects of medicine, particularly contact with patients, the building of relationships, and holistic care. Her enthusiasm, specialist skills, and advanced training in women’s health has naturally led her into provision of well woman clinics. Dr. Groves has worked for extended periods with women in China, India, and Jamaica as well as in busy sexual health clinics in London, Portsmouth, and the Isle of Wight.

Deena El-Shirbiny, MBBS, MRCP, MRCGP, DFSRH, DRCOG, is a general practitioner with a range of experience in primary care. During her career, Dr. El-Shirbiny gained clinical experience in a variety of clinical environments, including Nepal, Australia, Egypt, and the UK. She has a particular interest in health inequalities, which has led her to volunteer with a number of organisations in the UK, such as Medecins du Monde. Dr. El-Shirbiny recently sat the DRCOG herself and thus has contributed up-to-date, in-depth experience of the current DRCOG curriculum and examination procedure.


"This book deserves to find a place on the bookshelf of a wide range of practitioners – from undergraduates to women’s health specialists."
—Andrew Weeks, MD,FRCOG, Professor of International Maternal Health

"’This textbook manages to be both comprehensive, yet at the same time a concise guide to the syllabus of the DRCOG examination … I would argue that this book would be an invaluable companion to those studying for the exam, and to keep as an easily accessible reference guide post qualification."
—Catriona Davis, BSc, MBBS, MRCGP, GP Trainee

"The knowledge available from this book is up-to-date and well organized."
—John Spencer, FRCOG, FHEA, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

"… written with empathy and understanding. An excellent book for all primary care practitioners."
—Chris Watkins, BA(Hons), RGN, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care & Sexual Health