Postgraduate Diploma Acute Medicine
The Postgraduate Diploma Acute Medicine programme is designed specifically for clinicians to build on their existing knowledge, skills and experience and develop mastery in the clinical and service aspects of Acute Medicine.
- The Rila Institute of Health Sciences administers the programme, which is validated by Plymouth University School of Medicine & Dentistry
- This means that when you successfully complete all parts of the programme, you will receive the Plymouth University qualification of a Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine, and may, if you wish, attend the graduation ceremony.
- There will also be the eligible for continuing your studies after the PG Diploma to gain an MSc qualification
- You will enrol as a student of the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and will be registered with the University.
Should you not complete the full programme, then you will be provided with a transcript recording the individual elements of the programme successfully completed.
General information – Postgraduate Diploma Acute Medicine:
- Rila Institute of Health Sciences has developed a Postgraduate Diploma Acute Medicine to be offered to students from UK and overseas.
- The programme has been designed specifically for clinicians and other healthcare professionals working in Acute/Urgent Care Medicine e.g. specialist nurses, wishing to gain experience in the management of clinical and service aspects of acute medical disorders.
- The course runs over approximately 9 to 12 months for the Postgraduate Diploma. For exact course dates and locations please check website.
- The course integrates several components of learning. There are core reading topics available on the Rila eLearning platform. Understanding of these core topics is assessed through a series of online Higher Order Thinking Questions.
- The reading topics i.e. resource learning material, which are specifically commissioned by Rila Institute of Health Sciences, cover the essential elements in developing core knowledge and skills in Acute Medicine.
- The blended form of learning also includes regular webinars facilitated by Rila Specialist clinicians; also Rila provide a series of case studies for the candidate to work through at their own pace.
- Workshop/lectures are held at the start of the course in the international regional centre, but usually in the UK. This is structured to include lectures and a one day workshop relevant to developing a sound basis for Acute Medicine.
- Three reflective clinical cases are also required over the duration of the programme.
- Assessment is partly by continuous assessment of the reading topics and mini-tests, both taken on the eLearning platform.
- There will also be a final summative examination held in the international regional centre or UK, which the candidate MUST attend.
Structure of the Postgraduate Diploma:
- There are 3 modules comprising the Postgraduate Diploma level award.
- In each period of 5-7 days a particular topic (detailed in the programme calendar) is studied by way of a specially written article. Each topic is assessed by way of Higher Order Thinking Questions, for which there is a deadline date. A number of timed mini-exams are conducted online, and the student is strongly recommended to participate in this activity.
- Workshop/lecture, held in the international regional centre at the start of the each programme. This will provide tutorials, lectures and practical demonstrations.
- You will also have an opportunity to meet other doctors on the course and medical staff from the UK and overseas.
- You will be expected to participate in the variety of online clinical activity that is delivered i.e. webinars, case studies etc.
Postgraduate Diploma comprises Modules 1, 2 and 3
Module 1: Core generic knowledge & skills
- Determinants of health
- Lifestyle factors in health
- Identification of risk factors
- Nutrition and health
- Breaking bad news.
Module 2: Advances in Acute Medicine
ALS, ATLS, PLS, Child Protection, Medicolegal issues, General approach to emergencies, Abdominal disorders ABCD emergency symptoms, Gastroenteritis, Dangerous diagnoses, Alcohol related pathology, Urgent Mental Health, Diabetes, The chest wall, Back pain, Chest pain, Wrist injuries, Difficulty breathing, Hand injuries, Asthma, Elbow injuries, Bradycardia, Shoulder pathology, Falls in the elderly, Seizures, Spinal trauma, Non-traumatic eye disorders, PV bleeding, Traumatic eye disorders, Upper GI bleed, Burns, Skin lacerations, Ankle injuries, Skin disorders, Knee pathology, Throat disorders, Hip pathology, Bites & stings, Monoarthropathies, Genitourinary emergencies, Facial & Dental injuries, Haematological emergencies
Module 3: Clinical Practice in Acute Medicine
Clinical skills related to the following:
• Advanced life support (ALS)
– Simple airway adjuncts including LMA insertion
– Cardiac pacing
• Advanced trauma life support (ATLS)
– Surgical chest insertion
• Paediatric life support (PLS)
• Cardioversion – chemical and electrical
• Key ECG interpretation
• Peak flow measurement and interpretation
• Management of non-traumatic pneumothorax
– Needle aspiration
– Seldinger chest drain insertion
• Venous cannulation +/- ultrasound guidance
• Arterial blood gas sampling
• Fluorescein staining with slit lamp examination
• Removal of foreign bodies – using needle tip or cotton wool bud
• Administering local anaesthetic for:
– Primary wound closure
– Arterial blood gas sampling or arterial line insertion
– Nerve blocks
• Wound assessment and management
– Skin glue
– Basic suturing techniques
i. Interrupted sutures
ii. Horizontal mattress sutures
iii. Vertical mattress sutures
• Basic procedural sedation with airway management
• Prepare and administer non-invasive ventilator support
• Understand the difference between BiPAP and CPAP and their respective values.
• The Optiflow nasal cannula
Time allocation for the Postgraduate Diploma:
- Approximately one half to one full day a week is recommended as being the suggested allocation time for the each of the programmes.
Minimum Requirements for the web learning aspects:
- A specific area of the Rila Institute of Health Sciences website is dedicated to the Postgraduate Diploma in Acute Medicine.
- You will be issued with a user name and password.
- You MUST have computer access to the internet and it will be your responsibility to ensure that this is the case.
- The website will provide facilities such as Forums, a Bulletin Board, online Chat Room etc.
- You will be provided with information on how to use the web site.
Provide a satisfactory reference from a senior health care practitioner or line manager with knowledge of your work and experience, and who is able to support your suitability to participate in the programme.
Plus, fulfil one of the following three criteria:
- Be in possession of an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) an equivalent medical degree from a World Health Organization recognised institution or
- Be in possession of a BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery) from an accredited institution or
- Be in possession of a non-standard qualification and have an acceptable level of experience e.g. Nurses (working as Nurse Practitioners, Consultants, or Specialists), or an Optometrist
Note that if the medical degree or other qualification was not taught in the English language a score of 5.5, in all elements, in the British Council IELTS test, or equivalent (e.g. Test of English as a Foreign Language) will usually be required.
Award of the Postgraduate Diploma:
- You are strongly recommended to complete the formative assessments related to each topic and the mini online exams. Try and attain at least 50% marks.
- The final examination, to be held in the central location, is mandatory for all students.
- The final examination MUST be passed, for the Postgraduate Diploma (Modules 1, 2 and 3) to be awarded.
- The final examination consists of a paper based format of Higher Order Thinking Assessments (Single Best Option, Extended Matching Questions, and Clinical Quiz).
- The examiners are senior specialists overseen by an external examiner(s). All are appointed by Plymouth University.
- A failure of a re-sit in the final examination, results in the student being unable to be awarded the Diploma. The student will have to re-register for the course. A re-sit for the final examination requires an additional fee payment. For further details click here.
Recognition of the Diploma:
- You, as a Medical Practitioner or healthcare professional, with the Diploma, will have greater confidence and knowledge to better manage your patients.
- Furthermore, you, as a Medical Practitioner or healthcare professional, will be further recognised and appreciated, by clinical colleagues, as having a special interest in this area of medicine.
- The Postgraduate Diploma is an academic qualification.
The Postgraduate Diploma is accredited/validated as follows:
- Validated by Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine & Dentistry, United Kingdom – the awarding institution
- Plymouth University with whom the candidates are registered and who control the quality assurance and the award of the final diploma.
- UK and overseas based specialists provide the content, curriculum and clinical guidance, and host the final examination.
- Rila Institute of Health Sciences, London, which is a collaborative organisation of Plymouth University, provides all administrative and logistical support to the course.
If you have any questions, then upon request, our enrolment advisor will contact you with help and/or assistance with your application.