Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person

CPD Credits66

Gain expert knowledge and skills in Geriatric Medicine

The Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person will run from October 2021 to June 2022.

Do you want to develop expert knowledge and skills in medicine for the older person?

This diploma will teach you how to diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of conditions and clinical presentations associated with older people.

You will complete modules on mobility, cognition, falls and bone health, community care, neurological disorders, multi-morbidities and frailty, psychiatry in old age, and advances in gerontology (including legal aspects).

You will learn from leading experts in geriatric medicine and explore the most critical issues facing geriatric medicine in Ireland, including the growing number of Irish citizens aged over 75.

The expanding role of the multidisciplinary team, the importance of expert communication and teamwork between clinicians across clinical sites and settings is emphasised throughout this programme.

This course has been designed for physicians and general practitioners who have an interest in the care of the older person.

Ireland's ageing population requires a concerted effort by all healthcare professionals so that the future of old age in Ireland is one that promises everyone a healthier, more secure, and fulfilled later life.


What you will learn

On completion of the diploma, you will be able to

  • Explain the management of chronic diseases in the older person
  • Communicate effectively with the older patient and their families
  • Identify risks and consequences of falls and syncope
  • Understand the diagnosis and management pathways of stroke and other neurological disorders
  • Explain the common psychiatric and behavioural issues that present in older age, including dementia and delirium
  • Recognise red flags in the patient's examination or history that could indicate abuse and how to deal with this
  • Describe end of life care, palliative medicine and the legal aspects of geriatric medicine.

View the brochure for this diploma


Did you know?

Currently there are 540,000 people aged 65+ in Ireland which accounts for 12% of the total population. This is set to rise to 1.4 million, or 22% of the total population, by 2041.

While the projected changes in the population aged 65-and-over are striking, changes for the group aged 80+ are even more dramatic. Over the same thirty-year period, the number of people aged 80 and over in Ireland is projected to rise from 130,600 to 458,000 - an increase of 250%. Ageing on this scale is unprecedented in Irish history.

Payment options

The cost of the Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person is €3,600.00

You can pay for this diploma in instalments or ask for an invoice to be sent to your employer.

If you choose to pay in instalments, the first instalment of €1,200.00 must be paid to confirm your place. For information on how to pay the first instalment, please email Claire Davenport (clairedavenport@rcpi.ie). Include your RCPI ID number in the email.

Delivered by leading experts

This diploma course is delivered by leading experts in Medicine for the Elderly, Emergency Medicine, Physiotherapy, Community Care, General Practice and Psychiatry.

Modules are delivered by the following individuals:

  • Demographics of Ageing in Ireland and Introduction to Quality Improvement, delivered by Dr Joe Browne, Consultant Geriatrician, St James's Hospital, and Dr Rosa McNamara, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, St James's Hospital
  • Falls, Syncope and Bone Health, delivered by Susie O'Callaghan, Consultant Geriatrician in the Falls and Blackout Unit in St James' Hospital and Assistant Professor in Medical Gerontology in Trinity College School of Medicine
  • Community Care, delivered by Niamh Murphy, physiotherapy manager in St James's Hospital 
  • Legal Issues, delivered by Dr Maitiu O Tuathail, General Practitioner
  • Neurology/brain health in the older person, delivered by Dr Paul McElwaine, Consultant Geriatrician, Tallaght University Hospital
  • Multi-Morbidity and Frailty in the Older Person, delivered by Dr Isweri Pillay, Consultant Geriatrician/Physician in General Internal Medicine at South Tipperary General Hospital
  • Psychiatry in the Older Person/ Old Age Psychiatry, delivered by Dr Elaine Greene, Consultant Psychiatrist, St James's Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry at Trinity College School of Medicine
  • Palliative care, advance care and reablement, delivered by Dr Joe Browne, Consultant Geriatrician, St James's Hospital

Diploma format

The Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person is a modular-based, blended programme delivered using international best-practice principles and guidelines in teaching and learning including online and classroom-based teaching.

Teaching is delivered by internationally recognised experts incorporating interactive classroom sessions, case-based discussions and online courses.

The content will be delivered in 9 modules from October 2021 to June 2022.

On successful completion of the full programme you will be awarded a Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person.

How you will be assessed

Formative and summative assessments are included in the programme.

You are required to successfully complete all online course materials, attend all live sessions (both virtual and classroom based) and pass the module assessments in order to be awarded the Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person.

You will be required to pass a written and clinical exam .

Diploma module for 2021/2022

The Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person will run from October 2021 to June 2022. 

 Module   Date   Time   Format 
 Induction  Thursday, 7 October 2021  6:30pm - 8:30pm  Virtual
 Module: Older People, the Individual and Society  Friday, 15 October 2021  9:30am - 4:00pm  Virtual
 Module: Quality Improvement  Wednesday 20th Oct 2021  6:00pm - 8:00 pm  Virtual
 Dementia Conference  Wednesday, 27 October 2021  4:00pm - 7:00pm (approx)  Virtual
 Module: Falls, Syncope and Bone Health  Friday, 5 November 2021  9:30am - 4:00pm  Virtual
 Dementia Conference  Wednesday, 1 December 2021  4:00pm - 7:00pm (approx)  Virtual
 Module: Community Care  Friday, 10 December 2021  9:30am - 4:00pm  In-house, St James' Hospital
 Module: Brain health in the older person (Day 1)  13, 20 and 27 January 2022  3 evenings  Virtual
 Module: Brain health in the older person (Day 2)  Saturday, 29 January 2022  9:30am - 3:00pm  In-house, RCPI
 Module: Multi-Morbidity and Frailty in the Older Person (Day 1)  Friday, 11 February 2022  9:30am - 4:00pm  In-house, RCPI
 Module: Multi-Morbidity and Frailty in the Older Person (Day 2)  Saturday, 12 February 2022  9:30am - 1:30pm  Virtual
 Module: Psychiatry in Old Age  Mid-March 2022 (exact date TBC)  9:30am - 4:00pm  Virtual
 Module: Medicolegal aspects of care of the older person  Mid-April 2022 (exact date TBC)  9:30am - 4:00pm  Virtual
 Module: Advance care and reablement of older people  Friday, 6 May 2022  9:30am - 4:00pm  Virtual
 Exam - Written  Wednesday, 15 June 2022  10:00am - 12:00pm
 (2 hours)
 Exam - Clinical  Saturday, 18 June 2022  TBC  Virtual or in-house (COVID-19 dependent)

Who is this Diploma suitable for?

This Diploma has been designed for healthcare professionals working in Ireland who are seeking to develop expertise in medical care for the older person.

It will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines who care for older persons such as Doctors considering a career in Geriatrics, General Practitioners, Community Health Doctors and Trainees. Other healthcare professionals such as Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Physio Therapists etc. may be accepted onto this course based on experience.

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