In 2002, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Menopause Society (BMS) developed a Menopause Special Skills Training Module (SSM). The Menopause Advanced Training Skills Module (ATSM) succeeded the Menopause SSM in 2009.

In the last 2 years of their training programme, Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainees undertake Advanced Training Skills Modules (ATSMs) or subspecialty training to develop the high-level skills they will need for a consultant post in their specialist area of interest.

The RCOG/BMS Menopause ATSM provides trainees with the knowledge and skills they will need to manage the menopause and related conditions and potentially to run a menopause service.

Following completion of the ATSM, trainees will be eligible to apply for recognition as a BMS menopause specialist.

Curriculum

The Menopause ATSM is made up of five component modules called Menopause Capabilities in Practice (MP CiP). Assessment categories include: Knowledge criteria, Clinical Competency, Professional skills and attitudes, Training support and Evidence of training and assessments.

The Curriculum Guide provides full details of the content of this Module.

It is anticipated that for a full-time trainee who is accessing one or two ATSM training sessions each week, 12-18 months of training will be required to complete this ATSM.

The ATSM has a work intensity score of 1.0.

RCOG/BMS Post Reproductive Health Meeting

The annual Post Reproductive Health meeting is recognised as the theoretical component of the RCOG/BMS Menopause ATSM, the BMS Principles & Practice of Menopause Care (PPMC) training programme and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Advanced Menopause Certificate.

The meeting endeavours to provide answers to the most commonly asked and most difficult questions in the management of post reproductive health. Nationally and internationally recognised speakers will cover controversial questions in important areas such as:

  • Pathophysiology of the menopause
  • Risks of hormone dependent malignancies
  • Cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and cognitive problems
  • Premature ovarian insufficiency: diagnosis and management
  • Lifestyle, complementary therapies, HRT and alternatives for managing the menopause

Although intended primarily for consultants and senior trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a special interest in the menopause, the course is of equal relevance and interest to general practitioners, specialist nurses and all other health care professionals who care for menopausal women.

Delegates can claim a maximum of 13 CPD credits for full attendance at this meeting.

Further information

To find out more, please contact the RCOG team at advancedtraining@rcog.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 7772 6348.

Education programme overview

4 May 2022 - 24 May 2022

25 May 2022 - 12 June 2022

13 June 2022 - 14 June 2022

30 June 2022 - 1 July 2022

31 August 2022 - 18 September 2022

21 September 2022 - 9 October 2022

26 September 2022

29 September 2022 - 20 October 2022

3 October 2022

12 October 2022 - 15 October 2022