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I am having difficulty finding jobs in obstetrics and gynaecology and in paediatrics that are suitable for general practitioner trainees. Any tips?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 03 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:s2
  1. Anne Hastie, director of postgraduate general practice education
  1. London Deanery


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It can be difficult to find stand alone posts in obstetrics and gynaecology or paediatrics as many are linked to specialist rotations or general practitioner (GP) vocational training schemes.

You should apply for individual six month senior house officer (SHO) posts when they are advertised, but they tend to be popular and therefore competitive. It would be worth inquiring about possible posts in the trusts where you are interested in working. Make sure any post you apply for is approved for GP training.

Some deaneries advertise shortened vocational training schemes for doctors who have already done at least 12 months of SHO posts approved for GP training. These may include obstetrics and gynaecology and paediatrics. Advertisements appear in BMJ Careers twice a year, usually in July and January.

If you are unable to gain a post in obstetrics and gynaecology or paediatrics you may need to consider other specialties, but you must make sure your curriculum vitae is compatible with GP training requirements. Further information is available on the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice website (


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