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Tasks for Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment$
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Sambit Mukhopadhyay and Medha Sule

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198757122.001.0001

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(p.201) 15 Subfertility
Tasks for Part 3 MRCOG Clinical Assessment
Sambit Mukhopadhyay, Medha Sule
Oxford University Press


This task assesses the following clinical skills: • Patient safety • Communication with patients and their relatives • Information gathering • Applied clinical knowledge You are a ST4 doctor working in an infertility clinic. A couple who were referred to the clinic by their GP have returned for review. She has had oligomenorrhoea for the past year. She does not report headaches, visual disturbance, galactorrhoea or hyperandrogenism, she has been trying to conceive for two years. Her partner had an orchidopexy at the age of two. The assessor will ask you some questions and then give you the results of their investigations. You will be asked to explain the results and next steps to the patient. You have 10 minutes for this task (+ 2mins initial reading time). Please check that candidate and actor have read instructions. Ask the candidate what investigations they would like to organize for this patient and her partner. Give them the results of investigations (if asked for): Pregnancy test—ve LH 45, FSH 40, E2 120 (day two of cycle) PRL—200 TSH—1.2 Testosterone—0.8 USS—NAD HSG—Patent tubes Rubella immune Chlamydia swabs—ve Smear—ve Semen analysis—10m/ ml, 32% motility, 3% normal forms Ask them if they want to arrange any further investigations. Expect candidate to ask to repeat gonadotrophins more than a month after initial measurement in order to confirm the diagnosis of Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). They should also repeat the semen analysis. Tell them that repeat gonadotrophins were again elevated—FSH 35, LH 20, E2 120. Repeat semen analysis was 15m/ ml, 34% motile, with 4% normal forms. Ask the candidate to explain these results to the patient and explain next steps, including further investigation and treatment options. They should then recommend that further investigations are arranged including karyotype, an auto-immune screen, lupus anticoagulant and vitamin B12 levels to try and identify a cause for the POI. Treatment options should include the role of hormone replacement therapy and oocyte donation with IVF. Observe consultation skills including the candidate’s ability to break bad news. Record your overall clinical impression of the candidate for each domain (i.e. pass, borderline, or fail).

Keywords:   amenorrhoea, bimanual examination, endometrial sampling, female genital cosmetic surgery, heavy and irregular periods, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), hot flushes, large labia

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