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Clinical Examiners sought for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM)

BGS and RCP London are seeking clinicians with an interest in geriatric medicine to become a clinical examiner for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM).

The DGM examination is designed to give recognition of competence in the provision of healthcare for older people. It is run jointly by the BGS and Royal College of Physicians London.

In offering doctors the opportunity to review and consider all aspects of healthcare, the DGM is aimed at any medical practitioner in the UK whose clinical practice brings them into contact with older people. This may include:

  • GPs
  • Old-age psychiatrists
  • Trainees in general (internal) medicine
  • Clinicians who want to demonstrate their commitment to and expertise in providing high quality care to older people.

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.

Please register your interest by emailing by 31 July 2018

For an informal discussion with an existing Clinical Examiner, again please contact Colin Nee,

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