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.
On completion of the diploma, you will be able to
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include your RCPI ID number in the email.
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:
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.
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 .
The Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person will run from October 2021 to June 2022.
|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
|Exam - Clinical||Saturday, 18 June 2022||TBC||Virtual or in-house (COVID-19 dependent)|
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.