Diploma in Travel Medicine - Module 3

The aim of the project is to allow the student to consolidate knowledge gained and allow time for reflection and further study. The most common mistake students make is to be over-ambitious. Ideally, students should choose a topic of practical importance in their current job.

The students should:

  • initiate and develop a project, with agreement and support of their personal advisor, over a period of not less than three months
  • produce a project that demonstrates substance and originality in an area of travel medicine approved by their personal advisor

There are three options for the project:

  1. A small, original piece of research
  2. Development of a previous piece of travel medicine research
  3. Compilation of a Case Studies Review

A small, original piece of research

As the title suggests, this will be a new and original piece of work initiated by the student. The emphasis of the work is on critiquing of literature relevant to the chosen topic, and research methods.

The presentation of the research will ideally be 5000 words, and no more than 7500 words, and include:

  • A title page.
  • An abstract - a brief summary of project; reflects purpose; summarises methods, results and implications.
  • List of contents.
  • Acknowledgments.
  • An introduction that describes and explains the purpose, scope and overall aim of the project. It describes the circumstances that led you to choose this topic. Keep it short and come to the point with a narrowly focused definition.
  • One overall aim and precise objectives (usually three or four).
  • A literature review that provides the context for the project and demonstrates why it is important; it should be selective; relevant studies need to be critiqued rather than reported; requires accurate referencing; often quite a lengthy section.
  • Methodology/study design and implementation.
  • Data analysis - it is not essential for students to carry out statistical analysis, but credit will be given if they do so where appropriate.
  • Presentation of results - must be clear.
  • Discussion and recommendations - an overview of the significant findings of the project; evaluation of the extent to which the project met the aim and objectives; limitations of the project; implications for practice; recommendations for future study.
  • Conclusions.
  • References/bibliography.
  • Appendices.
  • Development of a previous piece of travel medicine research.

Those students who have personally completed in the past 3 years, a large piece of research, (subject to approval of your personal advisor and the Core Group) relevant to travel medicine may choose to develop this work further in the following ways:

  • Produce an original article in a form suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal - to include all tables, and illustrations where appropriate. The student may choose the journal to submit to, but must include the "instructions for authors" from the designated journal with the submission. This article should be written specifically for fulfilment of the Diploma in Travel Medicine (RCPSG). It should not have been previously published or submitted for publication to any national or international journal.(c. 2000 - 3000 words)


  • Produce a poster suitable for presentation at conference. The poster should be submitted either in an A3 landscape format, in colour or the original poster for presentation at conference. This poster should be produced specifically for fulfilment of the Diploma in Travel Medicine (RCPSG). It should not have been previously displayed or submitted for display at any previous conferences or meetings.

Compilation of a Case Studies Review

The aim of the case studies review is to allow students to demonstrate excellence in clinical practice or changing/developing clinical practice. It is therefore essential that the student demonstrates the thought processes involved in the clinical care of each case and the evidence base for this practice. Students must not simply report the care of individual patients.

The student will present a case studies review of 5 cases that present to the student throughout the year, whilst undertaking the DTM.

The presentation of the case studies compilation will be c. 5000 words and include:

  • A title page.
  • List of contents.
  • Acknowledgments.
  • An introduction that describes and explains the purpose, scope, overall aim and a description of the clinical setting.
  • For each of the 5 cases:
    • Demonstrate a different clinical scenario that poses a dilemma in clinical judgement and/or demonstrates a topical clinical issue.
    • The rationale for inclusion of each case study.
    • Describe in detail, the risk assessment process and all care given.
    • Describe the thought processes involved and demonstrate evidence-based decision making (including appropriate referencing of such).
    • Maintain the confidentiality and anonymity of patients.
  • Discussion and recommendations including any "lessons learned" and changes in practice introduced as a result of the case studies review.
  • Conclusions.
  • References / bibliography.
  • Appendices.

How to apply

For an application pack for the Diploma in Travel Medicine please contact Lesley Haldane.

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