This course on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) integrates the 166 recommendations from the International evidence-based guideline on the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) 2018, using a highly engaging interactive format. The course, run over a three-week period, using case studies, discussion forums, video expert presentations and weekly feedback forums to build the learner’s knowledge and skills in evidence-based PCOS clinical care. This course covers assessment and diagnostic challenges, management, emotional well-being and long-term health risks. Hosted on an international platform, the course facilitates global health professional networking and participation in an international community of practice.
Relevance to General Practice
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 8–13% of reproductive age women, with around 21% of Indigenous women affected and is the leading cause of infertility. Clinically, reproductive features are prominent and underpin PCOS diagnosis. The Rotterdam diagnostic criteria are based on two of three features: oligo- or anovulation, hyperandrogenism (clinical or biochemical) and polycystic ovaries on ultrasound, with exclusion of other causes. Obtaining a timely PCOS diagnosis is challenging for women, with many experiencing delays with multiple different doctors. Inadequate information provision and lack of satisfaction with care has been reported, especially in areas such as psychological features, lifestyle and prevention. Doctors often focus on individual features of PCOS including infertility, rather than taking a broader approach to care and have identified the need for education.
- Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to PCOS management.
- Apply relevant recommendations from the PCOS International Evidence-based Guideline to your practice.
- Interpret cultural differences, act in a culturally sensitive manner and consider the ethical complexities of PCOS healthcare.
- Discuss an interdisciplinary approach to the management of PCOS.
- Outline a PCOS patient centered model of care.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Rural health
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health
- General practice teaching
European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)