Diploma in Geriatric Medicine revision
Why do this examination?
- The population is ageing with increasing numbers of older adults requiring healthcare and social support
- There is a need for health care professionals to enhance their knowledge of the medical, psychiatric and social issues affecting older adults
- Recognised qualification with the Royal College of Physicians awarded with a certificate
- Successful candidates are eligible to assign the letters DGM after their name
- The examination entitles those with the qualification to obtain a significant discount of one-third of the course credits required for an MSc in gerontology at King’s College London
- Aimed at general practitioner vocational trainees, clinical assistants and others working in non-consultant career posts in departments of geriatric medicine, and other doctors with interests in or responsibilities for the care of older people
- Minimum eligibility requirement for the written examination is 2 years’ post-qualifying experience prior to the date of the written examination, or candidates who have had 4 months’ experience in a geriatric medicine post in a hospital or in another post (eg as a GP) in which they see many geriatric patients.
- There are two components to the examination. The first is a written paper; the second is a practical clinical examination and can only be attempted after successfully passing the written component.
Part 1 written examination
- There are 100 ‘best of five’ questions covering the published syllabus of geriatric medicine, community care of older people and problem-solving of clinical and social dilemmas. Three hours is allowed for the examination.
Part 2 clinical examination
- A four-station standardised examination similar to an Objective Standardised Clinical Examination (OSCE).
Further information can be obtained from the Royal College of Physicians website
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