Education and Training

Education and Training Group 

The BMFMS has an education and training group which deals specifically with the large number of consultation requests we get from the RCOG and other bodies regarding training in feto-maternal medicine and high risk obstetrics. The group is currently chaired by Mr Kim Hinshaw who is a Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Director of Research and Innovation at Sunderland Royal Hospital. He is has recently been Chair of the RCOG Curriculum Committee and lectures and teaches nationally and internationally, particularly in the areas of obstetric emergency skills/drills training and early pregnancy complications. He took up post in May 2014. 

The over-arching aim of the group is to formulate guidance on Education and Training (mainly postgraduate) issues in Obstetrics and Maternal and Fetal Medicine for the BMFMS.  Past work has included

  • writing the original ATSM curriculums in obstetrics on behalf of the RCOG
  • formulating the obstetric aspects of the RCOG workforce planning document.

Over the past 18 months the group has

  • Written the ATSM curriculums in Obstetrics on behalf of the RCOG.
  • Formulated recommended minimum content of ATSM courses for the RCOG.
  • Concluded a review of the curriculums for the 5 Obstetric ATSMs, informed by a nation-wide survey of trainees, trainers and preceptors, and heads of schools and training programme directors.
  • Looked at a system for formulating criteria for MFM subspecialty training centre recognition.

Work is generally carried out by a combination of Group meetings and email correspondence. 

There has been much discussion over the past 6-12 months regarding the prospect of splitting sub-speciality training in feto-maternal medicine into fetal medicine and maternal medicine and the role played by the ATSMs in maternal and fetal medicine.  


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