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Community Gynaecology


1 Year

Effectively manage common gynaecology conditions in general practice

The ICGP course in Community Gynaecology is a highly interactive, blended learning programme designed to provide a sound understanding of common gynaecological presentations in general practice.

The programme can be studied as a complete certificate course or alternatively individual modules can be selected. The full programme, which commenced in September 2021, will enable GPs to successfully manage their patients' gynaecological problems. This modular approach remains open for registration and provides learning in a GP friendly and accessible platform. Each module attracts 4 CPD credits and 0.5 days GMS study leave.

Who is this course suitable for?

All GPs who wish to increase their learning in community gynaecology; GPs in training who wish to augment their training in this area of interest.

What will you learn on the course?

  • Each module provides evidence-based knowledge on common gynaecology issues in primary care
  • You will receive evidence-based learning on best practice and signposting to relevant guidelines
  • The course promotes effective communication skills, discusses ethical considerations in the consultation including confidentiality and informed consent, promotes good record keeping and patient-centred care
  • Areas of patient safety will be highlighted for example, prescribing HRT, contraception in complicated cases
  • Learning needs will be addressed through pre module MCQs and post module MCQs

How will the modules be taught?

  • Pre-course and post-course learning needs assessment
  • A blend of pre-module reading and viewing of recorded content
  • Live interactive webinar including Q&A with subject experts
  • Participants will be expected to post anonymised clinical cases for discussion via a moderated discussion forum
  • Post webinar, participants will receive electronic handouts summarising the key learning/practice points
  • Webinar recordings will be available to participants throughout the year

How will the course/module be assessed?

  • Course attendance
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Participation in discussions board
  • Audit*
*Participants completing the full course will be required to submit an audit to demonstrate their learning during the course. This audit will be designed to meet the audit/quality improvement requirement for PCS in 2021 – 2022.

Course Duration

The course will commence in September and run until May 2021. Pre reading and other elearning content will be available online in advance of each module. Participants are expected to attend the live webinar plus Q&A session per module, which will generally be held at 8pm on a Thursday evening.

Course Fees

  • Members individual module fee €120
  • Non-member's individual module fee €200
  • There is no fee for GPs to participate in the Inclusion Health, Domestic Violence, Female Genital Mutilation module. In order to attend and access the education materials, registration is necessary

How do I register?

Individual module registration links can be found below

Module Information & Registration  

  • Menopause - diagnosis of menopause and peri-menopause, lifestyle management, prescribing hormone replacement therapy (HRT), alternatives to HRT, testosterone replacement, osteoporosis. Materials become available on 7th October with live session on 14th October. Register for module 
  • Abnormal Bleeding, PCOS and Adolescent Gynaecology - assessing and managing oligomenhorrhoea and amenhorrhoea, heavy menstrual bleeding, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and adolescent gynaecology. Materials become available on 4th November with live session on 18th November. Register for module 
  • Sexual Health, Vaginal Discharge, Vulval Dermatology - STI presentation, diagnosis and management, epidemiology and transmission and prevention, referral pathway, sexual history, patient education, vaginal discharge, vaginal discharge, cervical screening, vulval dermatology. Materials become available on 2nd December with live session on 16th December. Register for module
  • Pelvic pain, Endometriosis, Unscheduled Bleeding, Post-Menopausal Bleeding - treating patients with chronic pelvic pain, dyspareunia, endometriosis, unscheduled bleeding, post-coital bleeding and post-menopausal bleeding. Register for module. Materials become available on 6th January with live session on 20th January. Register for module
  • Urogynaecology - treating patients with pelvic floor disorders, urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse, genitourinary syndrome of menopause. Materials become available on 3rd February with live session on 17th February. Register for module
  • Fertility, Premenstrual tension, Psychosexual health, Detection and Prevention of Cancer - assess and manage patients with subfertility, premenstrual tension, psychosexual dysfunction as well as the detection and prevention of cancer in women. Materials become available on 3rd March with live session on 10th March. Register for module
  • Inclusion Health, Domestic Violence, Female Genital Mutilation - treating patients from a diversity of backgrounds, minority groups and preventative healthcare, including LGBT+ health, women with disabilities, Traveller health, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM). Materials become available on 1st April with live session on 28th April. Register for module 

Course Director

Dr Nóirín O' Herlihy, Assistant Medical Director & Director of Women's Health, ICGP

Course Co-ordinator

Ms Amy Kelly, Education Department, ICGP