Diploma in Paediatrics

CPD Credits44

Learn online: knowledge and skills to enhance the health and wellbeing of children under your care

Apply now for an August 2020 start date | 22 weeks of self-guided learning leading to an RCPI Diploma in Paediatrics

Assessing an ill child is an art. The care of infants, children and young people often form a large part of a doctor’s caseload, yet newly qualified doctors can struggle to provide comprehensive child-centred medical care and doctors starting specialist training in paediatrics soon realise that children are not simply small adults.

Our Diploma in Paediatrics is a six-month blended learning programme focused on the diagnosis and management of important and common illnesses in children. It is delivered online by our educational partner iheed and designed to cater for busy healthcare professionals working anywhere in the world.

Drawing on the expertise of highly experienced Consultants in Paediatrics, the programme will teach you how to manage common paediatric issues, including acute and chronic conditions and developmental difficulties. You will learn how to recognise the symptoms of, and manage, the critically ill child and when referral to tertiary paediatric care is required.

"The Diploma in Paediatrics is aimed at doctors working with children who wish to update their knowledge on common paediatric presentations, as children often present to their GP or local Emergency Department with common childhood illness. The diploma focusses on assessing a child by taking a comprehensive history and child friendly approach to examination. Doctors undertaking this diploma will have increased confidence in recognising and managing a sick child, as well as increased understanding of when to refer a child to paediatric specialist services. The combination of online learning and virtual tutorials allows the participant to interact with their peers as well as paediatric experts while balancing it with a busy working life."

Dr Rosina McGovern

Programme Director, Diploma in Paediatrics

Who is this programme aimed at?

This diploma can be completed by GPs, family physicians and doctors starting specialist training in Paediatrics. You can complete the programme anywhere in the world.

To be accepted onto the programme you must have:

  • A medical degree awarded from a recognised institution
  • Evidence of proficiency in the English language
  • Full employment in a medical practice for the duration of the programme

What you will learn

This programme provides comprehensive training in child-centred medical care of infants, children and young people.

On completion of this programme you will be able to

  • Develop a comprehensive and structured approach to the medical history and physical examination of a child
  • Demonstrate when to refer to tertiary paediatric care 
  • Recognise symptoms of, and manage, the critically ill child at a level appropriate to your professional role
  • Explain the clinical features and develop a systematic approach to managing acute care and common presentations in paediatrics including, but not limited to, respiratory, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, cardiology, neurology, growth and endocrinology, and dermatology in paediatrics
  • Discuss child development and identify abnormal development
  • Identify presentations of child abuse and explain child safeguarding
  • Explain adolescent medicine and transitional care
  • Understand behavioural paediatrics and child psychiatry in paediatrics
  • Understand how to provide care within multidisciplinary teams to children and their families
  • Explain surgical presentations in children

Note, while this programme appeals to a broad range of medical practitioners, it excludes content specific to paediatrics that are predominantly related to neonates or hospital-led care such as oncology or haematology.

What to expect

This 22-week programme blends self-directed learning with tutor-led team-based learning. The course material has been designed by RCPI and is delivered online by our educational partner iheed.

Throughout the course, you'll engage in:

  • Online self-guided content
  • Weekly online live tutorials
  • Tutor-moderated discussion forums
  • Interactive case studies
  • Reflective exercises
  • Online assessments

On successful completion of the full programme you will be award a Diploma in Paediatrics by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Programme benefits

  • Graduates receive a diploma from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Graduates are tutored by internationally renowned experts in Paediatrics
  • Designed and delivered by world-leading experts in Paediatrics
  • No need to take time away from work or travel to a classroom
  • Weekly interactive online tutorials with our expert faculty
  • Approved for 44 Continuing Professional Development/CME credits
  • Available anytime, anywhere, on any device

About iheed, our educational partner

Dublin-headquartered iheed Health Training Limited is a successful medical education technology organisation that partners with medical universities and postgraduate training bodies to reach doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals all around the world. It delivers postgraduate medical qualifications for healthcare professionals that improve their ability to deliver healthcare while enhancing their career prospects and global mobility.

Our partnership with iheed combines their expertise in innovative online medical education programme design and delivery with RCPI's expertise and experience in specialist medical education and training.

Register now for an August 2020 start date

We are now accepting applications from doctors who wish to start this diploma in August 2020. 

If you would like to apply for this programme, please contact our educational partner iheed at paediatrics@iheed.org

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