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Professional Diploma in Geriatric Medicine

Duration: 9 Months

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


Drawing on the expertise of national and international experts in Care of the Elderly, this 9-month Professional Diploma in Geriatric Medicine provides learners with advanced knowledge and skills to ensure patients live a fulfilled later life.

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Programme Details

The program emphasizes a patient - centered approach to clinical decision making in medicine for the older person. 

It provides a supportive, richly informative, and accessible educational opportunity for healthcare professionals wishing to upskill or refresh their understanding of how common geriatric conditions present and are managed. The programme aims to develop clinically focused diagnostic skills through the use of interactive patient cases. It allows for opportunities to practice and develop diagnostic skills in a highly engaging format. It enhances the skills required to identify important clinical features to develop a diagnosis and formulate effective management plans for patients.

Professional diploma: 9 months (part-time)

About the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Established in 1654, The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is a world-leading postgraduate medical training college dedicated to ensuring that doctors have the skills to provide patients with the best possible care.

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Why Royal College of Physicians of Ireland?

  • Helping doctors reach their full potential since 1654
  • Largest postgraduate medical college in Ireland
  • Prestigious world-recognised brand
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I have completed the course and really enjoyed doing it. I have encountered a supportive environment by the tutor and fellow colleagues. The tutor has delivered classes with passion as well as providing practical and knowledgeable learning. The useful knowledge will provide me with the opportunity to work for the better life quality of elderly people in my practice. I would strongly recommend this course to my friends and colleagues. Thank you very much the team of iheed and RCPI

Ayesha Kamran

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Professional Diploma in Medicine for Older Persons is an interesting course, very useful in my clinical practice and I enjoyed it. This course is very useful in care of older persons.

Gracy Kurian

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I encourage health professionals with relevant qualifications to enrol with the RCPI, to be in a better position to dealing with complex health issues with an approach to integrate it, with various multi-disciplinary teams in their hospitals and clinics so as to achieve a better outcome in managing multimorbidity and improve the quality of life and well-being of the elderly.

Ebrima Jallow

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The program covers all around knowledgeable content regarding the senior population and its current. The tutors are very helpful is guiding us to gain various aspects of theoretical and practical aspects in dealing with the older adults. It’s a great opportunity to upscale myself

Putcha Deekshanti Narayan

A world-class online learning experience

A world-class online learning experience

The Professional Diploma in Geriatric Medicine online content is compelling, content-rich, and interactive . It employs state-of-the-art technology and uses best-in class resources including:

  • interactive video, 2D & 3D animations, medical imagery and instructional competency-focused videos.

  • Integrated access to Medical Libraries, Databases, Journals, e-books, research papers and drug formulary.

  • A focus on mastery of competencies

  • Online proctoring of formal, summative exams.

  • A range of assignment types including multi-media assignments, focused on select competencies/skills.

  • Real-time, synchronous tutorials via video conferencing and online discussion forums

  • Development of learning communities within and beyond each programme.

Quite simply, this will be a superior online learning experience to anything you have done to date

Who is this programme for?

Who is this programme for?

This programme is for all healthcare professionals holding a clinical bachelor qualification (or nursing diploma).

Programme Overview

This geriatric nursing programme which provides a comprehensive overview and the latest evidence in geriatric medicine, blends self-directed learning and Tutor-led group learning. Throughout the programme, you'll engage in: online group tutorials, tutor-moderated discussion forums, interactive case studies, reflective exercises. The programme is broken down into the following modules:

Programme Modules:

  • Aging and the individual

  • Aging, society, and the healthcare system (IHI)

  • Quality improvement

  • Ethics and Medicolegal aspects of care of the older person 

  • Integrated care and Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment 

  • Gait disorders and falls 

  • Bone health 

  • Frailty screening and multimorbidity 

  • Incontinence 

Chung Min Low

Chung Min Low

Donal Fitzpatrick

Donal Fitzpatrick

Eoin Duggan

Eoin Duggan

Marianna Gonzales

Marianna Javier

Mary Randles

Dr Mary Randles

Myriel Lopez Tatis

Myriel Lopez


Premala Subramaniam

Course Benefits

Enhance your CV, boost your career

An RCPI Diploma can help early-stage clinicians secure more senior positions. The qualification can also aid established clinicians to expand their role and scope of practice.

World Leading Brand

Est. in 1654, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is one of the most prestigious postgraduate medical training bodies in the world.

World-leading healthcare faculty

Our tutor faculty comprise world-leading Care of the Older Person practitioners. They practicing consultants working at the coalface of Elderly care.

Easy-to-use online student portal

The student learning environment is accessible anytime, anywhere on any device designed with the busy clinician in mind.

Interprofessional Education

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

A truly global programme

Developed by international subject matter experts in care of the elderly. Participants from across the globe study together, learning from each other's experiences and challenges.

Practical Case-based Education

This programme is highly practical and develops clinically focused diagnostic skills through the use of interactive patient cases improving health outcomes and quality of life for older people

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Your Questions Answered

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the RCPI Professional Diploma in Geriatric Medicine programme. If your query is not answered, please reach out to us on the live chat on the site. Please note that traditionally such courses have been called a diploma in geriatric medicine.

Yes, please see the link to the full programme curriculum here.