Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
The Glasgow University DTMH course consists of two parts: 1. Wednesday evening sessions from November to end of February. 2. Two whole weeks of tuition/practical classes. The last whole week of November (predominantly training in lab skills) and the last whole week of January.Course content
As a part time course it is not possible for us to cover in detail every aspect of the extensive DTMH curriculum. Students are required to undertake considerable private study to prepare for the exam. The practical component is considered to be the hardest part of the DTMH exam (and especially so for students who are not on a full time course). Although laboratory training is provided on the Glasgow course, we are not able to cover certain practical components (e.g. histopathology). In previous years students have arranged additional practical tuition by private arrangement with the London School (normally two days in March). For many students without laboratory experience this additional training has proved invaluable. This is an informal arrangement with London and may include a fee. Unfortunately, the specific dates of the London practical training days may not be known until after xmas. We appreciate that this may make it difficult for students to plan study leave, but it is beyond our control.
Please note that the course does not include any patient contact. Students should expect that, on occasions, there will be overlap between what speakers cover in their talks. Although we have never had to cancel a lecture at short notice, this is of course possible and students should check their emails on the afternoon of an evening session.
Venue and Time
The normal venue for evening lectures is the Boyd Orr building, University of Glasgow, Hillhead. Evening sessions usually start on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm (although some may occasionally be held on other evenings when speakers cannot make a wednesday). Some sessions may be held in Edinburgh, usually the Western Infirmary. Whole day sessions are held in a range of venues at the Hillhead campus (usually 9.30 - 4.30) but the specific rooms may even change from morning to afternoon. Please note that some of these rooms are not easy to locate! For practical sessions students are often asked to meet inside the Biomedical sciences building (see links above).
The student forum ("moodle") is a key part of the course and serves as the main means of communication with and between students. Students should upload photographs and information about themselves (e.g. current workplace and reason for interest in tropical medicine). Some copies of presentations are included on the forum. These must not be shared outwith the course. Students should, however, also bring along memory sticks to meetings as it is not always possible for us to put talks on the forum. Please note that information/messages added to the forum will be accessed by future years' DTMH students.
Additional practical training is normally available at laboratories in the West of Scotland and (just before the exam) at the London school. Additional costs may be incurred by students for completing these. Students wishing to sit the DTMH examination must also pay the Royal College of Physicians (London).
The cost of attending the Glasgow course is £1,500 for students wishing to go on to take the DTMH and £750 for those who do not. Students who wish to attend only the evening sessions or only the whole day sessions should contact the organisers to discuss attendance fees.
Because the RCP offers Glasgow only a limited number of exam places, we have two fee options for students wishing to undertake the course:
“Guaranteed” examination place
Students wishing a “guaranteed examination certificate” for this year should pay the £1,500 at the start of the course. Please note that if you then defer you will be charged an additional £750 for the second year (as this effectively blocks another student the next year)
“Possible” examination place
Students who are uncertain if they wish to take the exam this year should pay £750 now and (after choosing to sit the exam) a further £750 in January. This does not guarantee an “examination certificate” and the final choice of students proceeding to the exam may – if necessary – be decided by ballot.
Students wishing to attend the whole course (without doing the exam) therefore pay £750.
We welcome attendees who wish to come as a “taster”. Colleagues from other medical fields (e.g. veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing etc) are also welcome. Please contact the course organisers.
Prof. M.P. Barrett
Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
Sir Graeme Davis Building,
University of Glasgow,
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Application Form