Dates for the next intake: Tuesday, 5 January - late March 2016
Exam Dates for 2016: TBC
The Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H) is a three-month, full-time course in tropical medicine and public health for physicians.
It combines practical laboratory work, a series of lectures and seminars and some clinical experience designed to provide doctors with the clinical and factual knowledge that will form the basis of professional competence in tropical medicine. It is designed for physicians who intend to work in the tropics, physicians with tropical experience who have returned for a refresher, or practitioners who may be working in non-tropical countries and who need experience in clinical parasitology, imported diseases and travel medicine.
The School has been providing advanced and interdisciplinary research training for future senior academics, policy-makers, practitioners, and research workers in the global health, medical and public health community for over 100 years. The diversity of our students and staff is exceptional; staff come from 45 countries and our postgraduate students from over 120 countries and this provides a rich environment for students to learn. School alumni are now working in more than 160 countries; many former students hold prominent positions in health ministries, universities and international organisations throughout the world.
The academic staff teaching on the course, most of whom have lived and worked in the tropics, come from all departments of the School and from many external institutions. The Hospital for Tropical Diseases provides the setting for clinical training.
The Accreditation Committee of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has approved the curriculum of the DTM&H course as suitable for doctors training in clinical tropical medicine and travellers' health in the USA. Completion of an accredited course and examination is a required part of this training.
In addition, the course received 150 points accreditation from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
The course aims to teach doctors the skills required to understand, diagnose, treat and prevent diseases that are especially prevalent in tropical and developing countries where resources may be limited. The course has a strong epidemiological base but the scientific basis of infectious diseases is also given priority.
A particular feature of the course is the diversity of students who attend it. Among the 70 students who take the course each year, more than 25 different countries are usually represented. Students range in experience from recently qualified doctors to specialist infectious disease physicians and surgeons with many years of experience working in tropical and developing countries.
The course is continually updated in response to changing needs, new developments in knowledge and technology, and student feedback. It has remained highly popular with students throughout its history which spans over 100 years.
Much of the course is devoted to seminars, in which a multi-disciplinary team of experts from within and outside the School covers a particular disease or group of diseases in depth. Lectures cover the causative organisms, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management and prevention of these diseases. Time is set aside after each lecture for discussion. Implications for travel medicine are discussed where appropriate.
Other seminars focus on aspects of community health. These include an introduction to epidemiological methods used in the study of communicable diseases, and lectures on water supply, sanitation and nutrition. Seminars are also held on maternal and child health, non-communicable disease, population and reproductive health and health in emergencies.
One day a week is devoted to parasitology teaching. Lectures are followed by practicals in which the laboratory diagnosis of all the major parasitic diseases is taught. One day a week is spent at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, where clinical activities include bedside teaching, small group discussions, and, because the number of clinical cases in the Hospital is often limited, case presentations of "paper cases" derived from recent cases seen at the Hospital.
The course is intensive, without much free time during the three months. Sessions start at 09.00 most mornings and teaching continues most days until 17.00 hours. Many teaching sessions are shared with students attending a variety of MSc courses at the School, giving DTM&H students the opportunity to mix with students from differing academic backgrounds.
The Diploma examination is organised by the Royal College of Physicians, and the examination fee is payable directly to the College. Students do not need to make contact with the Royal College before the course, as registration for the examination is carried out in the School.
The examination, which runs over two days, consists of a multiple-choice question paper, short note questions, a projected material paper and a parasitology practical. Oral clinical examinations on the third day are only held for borderline cases, such as pass/distinction or medal position, etc.
The DTM&H course is open to doctors who hold a medical qualification from a recognised medical school in any country, and who are registered for medical practice in that country.
Numbers are limited to a maximum of 70. Priority may be given to students from low and middle income countries. Applicants must have a good standard of written and spoken English and of English comprehension. The School may ask the applicant to provide evidence of a satisfactory standard of English. The School has approved certain English tests.
A small number of School scholarships are normally available each year, details can be obtained from our funding pages. It is unlikely that details for scholarships for the 2014-intake will be confirmed before June or July 2014. Overseas students should ask their local British Council Office and their own government education department for details of scholarships and grants available. It should be noted that in the past most of the candidates attending this course have funded themselves.
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