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Vacancy: DGM Question writing group

The BGS and RCP (London) is seeking clinicians with an interest in geriatric medicine to join the question writing group for the diploma in geriatric medicine.

Membership of this group offers an excellent networking opportunity, along with external CPD credits that contribute to appraisals and revalidation. 

The diploma of geriatric medicine is designed to give recognition of competence in the provision of care of older people.  The diploma is aimed at a range of clinicians including GPs, old-age psychiatrists, trainees in general internal medicine, and doctors intending to pursue specialist training in geriatric medicine.  The diploma consists of a written examination and clinical examination.  The question writing group creates questions for the written examination.

The role

Appointed question writers will:

  • generate questions for the DGM written examination as directed by the DGM examining board 
  • ensure that the academic objectives in terms of question writing and producing assessment materials for the examination are met 
  • advise the chief written examiner on the content and development of the examination 
  • assist in any review of the question writing process to ensure that sufficient questions of quality are produced for the examination.

The requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be in active practice with a special interest or expertise in care of the elderly in primary care, old age psychiatry, or geriatric medicine
  • be registered and in good standing on the GMC specialist register
  • be actively engaged in the training of junior doctors in the UK (or within the last 2 years)
  • be up-to-date as appropriate with relevant national guidelines, CPD requirements, employer’s equality and diversity training and appraisal process
  • interested in, but not necessarily expert in, medical assessment
  • be able to commit to an annual question writing meeting, with some preparatory work.

Meetings are a valuable opportunity for physicians to compare and update their knowledge of the latest diagnostic methods and treatments, enabling them to pass on learning points to trainees and colleagues locally. The meetings offer excellent networking opportunities, providing interaction with clinicians from across the UK.

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The BGS and RCP (London) is also seeking clinicians with an interest in geriatric medicine to become a clinical examiner for the diploma of geriatric medicine.  Clinical examining offers an excellent networking opportunity, along with external CPD credits that contribute to appraisals and revalidation.  

The diploma of geriatric medicine is designed to give recognition of competence in the provision of care of older people.  The diploma is aimed at a range of clinicians including GPs, old-age psychiatrists, trainees in general internal medicine, and doctors intending to pursue specialist training in geriatric medicine.  The diploma consists of a written examination and clinical examination.  Clinical examiners evaluate the performance of candidates in the four station clinical examination.

The role

Appointed examiners will:

  • examine candidates in the DGM clinical examination at least once every two years. 
  • participate in training as determined by the Board, including observation of at least two cycles of the DGM clinical examination

The requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be in active practice with a special interest or expertise in care of the elderly in primary care, old age psychiatry, or geriatric medicine
  • be registered and in good standing on the GMC specialist register
  • be actively engaged in the training of junior doctors in the UK (or within the last 2 years)
  • be up-to-date as appropriate with relevant national guidelines, CPD requirements, employer’s equality and diversity training and appraisal process
  • interested in, but not necessarily expert in, medical assessment
  • be able to commit to attending the DGM clinical examination at least once every two years (usually in May or November)

Clinical examinations are a valuable opportunity for physicians to compare and update their knowledge of the latest diagnostic methods and treatments, enabling them to pass on learning points to trainees and colleagues locally. The meetings offer excellent networking opportunities, providing interaction with colleagues from across the UK. 

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