Courses Background

Why choose a Travel Medicine Course from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow?

The original curriculum for the Diploma in Travel Medicine was developed by Dr Cameron Lockie, a general practitioner from Stratford Upon Avon with a particular interest in travel medicine. The Diploma course became established in 1996 at the University of Glasgow, within the Medical and Nursing Faculty, in the Department of Public Health.

The courses were run in collaboration with the Travel Medicine Division at the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH) now Health Protection Scotland (HPS), which has been involved in travel medicine research, running travel clinics, surveillance, education and the provision of specialist advice for health care professionals since the early 1980s.

It became clear that there was a demand for a shorter course, and in 1998 the Foundation Course was developed. During 2001 HPS took over managerial and administrative responsibility for the Diploma and Foundation Courses, with the examinations being convened by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

In 2009, the Diploma and Foundation courses were revised and updated into a blended eLearning format. In 2010 the courses were transferred and fully managed and delivered by the Royal College.

The Faculty of Travel Medicine was established in 2006 and students who were successful in the Diploma in Travel Medicine were eligible to join the Faculty of Travel Medicine, as direct entrant Associate Members.

2017 - The Royal College Membership Diploma of Travel Medicine

Recognising that travel medicine has moved on considerably in recent years and that technology has changed the way that education can be delivered, a Faculty of Travel Medicine development group produced a new, modern and flexible travel medicine course designed to prepare individuals for Membership of the Faculty. This is the result of considerable deliberation from the Faculty of Travel Medicine.

The Royal College Membership Diploma in Travel Medicine is a package that incorporates education, examination and membership benefits.

The new package comprises:

  • The Royal College Membership Diploma in Travel Medicine preparatory course comprising a one week residential component in Glasgow followed by 27 weeks of online learning/blended eLearning
  • Affiliate Membership of the Faculty for the duration of learning
  • Entrance to Membership of Faculty of Travel Medicine Part A and B Examinations (formerly Part 1 and Part 2)
  • On successful completion of Part A and Part B examinations, award of the Royal College Membership Diploma in Travel Medicine and eligibility to join the Faculty as a full member.

The preparatory course covers the Membership examination syllabus and gives students the best possible chance of being successful in passing the exam. It utilises modern and up to date education methods and delivery techniques. Students will be encouraged to undertake learning activities such as online tutorials, practice MCQs and compilation of a learning portfolio etc. The preparatory course culminates with the Membership Examination. More information.

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