New Programme

Professional Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person

Duration: 9 Months

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

3,600

Drawing on the expertise of national and international experts in Care of the Elderly, this 9-month Professional Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person 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.

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
A world-class online learning experience

A world-class online learning experience

This programme's online content is compelling, content-rich, and interactive . It employs state-of-the-art technology and uses best-in class resources inlcuding:

  • 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 programme 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

  • Medicolegal aspects of care of the older person

  • Integrated care including CGA

  • Brain health assessment including
    delirium, neurological examination

  • Brain health: Dementia

  • Brain health: stroke and
    stroke mimics including clinical
    examination

  • Brain health: Parkinson’s and
    movement disorders

  • Depression, anxiety, psychosis and
    BPSD in later life

  • Gait disorders, falls and bone health

  • Syncope and seizure

  • Frailty, screening and multimorbidity

  • Deprescribing

  • Assistive Living Technology

  • Cognition assessment and
    management in the community

  • Nutrition assessment and
    management in the community

  • Rehabilitation

  • Long term & Palliative care

  • Care planning

  • Introduction to Systems Thinking
    and Human Factors

  • Patient Safety

  • Person (Professional) Factors

  • Work System Factors

  • Patient Factors

  • Work Process Factors

  • Measurement, Adaptation and Improvement

  • External Environment Factors

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

Your Questions Answered

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