Examining for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM)

The Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM) is an examination developed collaboratively by the Royal College of Physicians and the British Geriatrics Society. It is designed for healthcare professionals who want to demonstrate their advanced knowledge and expertise in the healthcare of older people. The RCP and BGS are recruiting new examiners for the DGM.

What does being an examiner involve?

Clinical examiners for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM) are involved in assessment of the practical aspect of the exam (DGM part 2) which takes place at The Spine in Liverpool twice a year (around June and November). This is in the form of an observed clinical examination, with the examiners for each station selected on the basis of their relevant specific skills and expertise. You will receive full training and the support of experienced examiners. Examiners typically serve a term of three years, but this can be renewed following review by the DGM Clinical Examination Lead.

I like listening to the candidates and knowing that the future is in good hands. As a physiotherapist and advanced clinical practitioner I've been welcomed, and my specific knowledge, skills and experience have been really valued." - Jo Jennings, Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Who is eligible to apply?

Any experienced healthcare professional involved in the care of older people, registered with the applicable professional body, is eligible to apply to become a DGM examiner. You do not need to have previously taken the DGM yourself. You will also need to be actively engaged with the training of junior practitioners and be up-to-date with the necessary CPD. For more details about the minimum experience levels required, please click here.

Members of the wider multidisciplinary team are welcomed and encouraged to apply. This includes:

  • Advanced Clinical Practitioners
  • AHPs
  • Physician Associates
  • Consultant Physicians in Geriatrics or related specialties
  • SAS grade doctors
  • GPs
  • Old Age Pyschiatrists

It's been so encouraging lately to see the calibre of candidates who are coming through from the exam, both nationally and internationally. We have GPs, psychiatrists, SAS doctors, advanced nurse practitioners and our MDT colleague professionals, as well as physician associates." - Bella Richards, Consultant Stroke Physician

What will I gain in return?

This is an unpaid, voluntary position, however all expenses related to travel and accomodation will be covered. Examining for the DGM is a recognised professional activity and you will be able to claim CPD points from the relevant provider for your involvement. You can find out more about why our current examiners love this role by viewing the short videos on this page.

It's really an enjoyable day out. It's usually held at the Spine in Liverpool, and I'd really encourage my geriatrics colleagues to get involved." - Bella Richards, Consultant Stroke Physician

How do I apply?
If you are interested in becoming a DGM examiner, please click here for further information, including further details of eligibility criteria and how to apply. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the RCP Assessment Unit via DGM [at] rcp [dot] ac [dot] uk.