Diploma in Paediatrics

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A wealth of evidence now shows that the healthy foetus, newborn and child enjoy better health as an adult. It is estimated that young children consult their GP on average three times per year, with up to six additional visits in the first 18 months of life for immunisations. The care of infants, children and young people often form a large part of a doctor’s caseload, yet newly qualified doctors are often ill-equipped to provide comprehensive child-centred medical care and doctors considering entering speciality training in paediatrics soon realise that children are not simply small adults. Assessing an ill child is an art.

This Royal College of Physicians of Ireland & iheed six-month Diploma in Paediatrics is a new blended learning programme, designed specifically to cater for busy healthcare professionals. Drawing on the expertise of local and international experts in Paediatrics, the programme provides graduates with advanced knowledge and skills to enhance the health and wellbeing of children.

The objective is to give a solid grounding in the management of common and important paediatric issues, including the management of both acute and chronic conditions and developmental difficulties.

  • Award title


  • Programme duration

    6 months

  • Validated by

    The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of proficiency in the English language

  • Full employment in a medical practice throughout the duration of the programme

  • You must be a fully qualified doctor

What will I study?

This 6-month online primary care Paediatric programme blends self-directed learning with Tutor-led team-based learning. Throughout the course, you'll engage in:

  • Online group tutorials
  • Tutor-moderated discussion forums
  • Interactive case studies
  • A reflective exercise

Week 1: Introduction to Paediatrics
Week 2: Infectious diseases
Week 3: School going child 

Week 3: Infant with respiratory symptoms
Week 4: ENT

Week 5: Community Paediatrics
Week 6: Community Paediatrics
Week 6: Infectious Diseases
Week 7: Infectious and communicable Diseases
Week 8: Gastroenterology 

Week 9: Gastroenterology 
Week 9: Gastroenterology 
Week 10: Skin
Week 10: Skin
Week 11: Skin
Week 12: Growth and endocrinology 

Week 13: Developmental paediatrics
Week 14: Behavioral paediatrics
Week 14: Behavioral paediatrics
Week 15: Gastroenterology
Week 16: Gastroenterology

Week 17: Renal
Week 18: Growth and endocrinology 
Week 19: Paediatric cardiology
Week 20:  Paediatrc neurology 

Week 21: Skin
Week 22: Gastroenterology
Week 23: Community Paediatrics
Week 24: Surgical Presentations in Children

Programme benefits

  • Graduates will receive a diploma from the prestigious Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, established in 1654
  • Graduates will be taught by renowned paediatric experts
  • Designed and delivered by world-leading experts
  • No need to take time away from work or travel to a classroom
  • Local CME accreditation awarded
  • Available anytime, anywhere, on any device

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