The following are geared towards primary care.  They will improve your CV and can either allow you to learn more about a rotation you have a particular interest in, or could serve as a way to improve your knowledge of a rotation you have not been exposed to.  NB: The Deanery does not fund GP Trainees undertaking external exams. 

Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRCOG)

Consists of two written papers, each lasting 90 minutes sat on the same day. There is no oral assessment.

The papers use the following question formats:

  • Extended matching questions (EMQs)
  • Single best answer questions (SBAs) 
  • Multiple choice questions (MCQs).

Current fees:
Exam fee: £408 

See their website for further information.

Diploma of Child Health (DCH)

The DCH is designed to give recognition of competence in the care of children to General Practitioner vocational trainees, staff grades in paediatrics and trainees in specialties allied to paediatrics.

The DCH comprises:

  • Foundation of Practice (FOP) – theory exam
  • DCH Clinical exam – like OSCEs
  • Candidates must pass the FOP before they can sit the DCH clinical exam.

Current fees:
FOP Written: £279
DCH Clinical: £413 

Please see their website for further information

Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM)

The DGM is aimed at any medical practitioner in the United Kingdom whose clinical practice brings them into contact with older people.

Comprises two exams. Candidates must pass the written examination before they sit the clinical examination.

Current fees:
Part 1 written examination: £231
Part 2 clinical examination: £339 

Please see their website for more information.

Diplomate Assessment of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH)

The training involves three stages:

  • An online knowledge assessment of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare
  • Course of 5, five hours of small group assessed workshops
  • Clinical experience and assessment

Current fees:
Knowledge assessment:  £75
ePortfolio: £50

Course of 5: costs are set locally

Clinical training: costs are set locally

Please see the website for more information.

Diploma in Dermatology

Various options in Cardiff, Glasgow and London. These diploma courses are intended to form a part of the portfolio of a general practitioner wishing to practice as a GPwSI in dermatology. 

Please see the British Association of Dermatologists website for further information.