The (UK) Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), which is the leading academic institution in UK for family medicine, and Apollo Hospitals Group have had an educational collaboration over many years, with RCGP jointly accrediting courses run by Apollo.
Two courses are currently on offer, each carefully tailored to the needs of family doctors in India. The first – the Diploma in Family Medicine – gives family doctors in India a chance to upgrade their knowledge and skills and attitudes through on line study followed by full time clinical attachments. Taught by Apollo staff, the course is quality assured by advisors from RCGP, who also act as external examiners during the final assessments. Successful candidates are then encouraged to study for the international exam for Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP[INT]).
The Diploma in Emergency Medicine is aimed particularly at doctors based in the community but who have a special interest, or extended role, in the provision of emergency medicine services. This course is also taught by Apollo staff but quality assured by RCGP.
Both courses offer GPs an opportunity to gain useful theoretical and practical experience and we look forward to ongoing collaboration with Apollo on these excellent programmes.
Dr. Garth Manning, FRCGP
Medical Director - International Development Programmes
Apollo Hospitals Educational & Research Foundation
Apollo Hospitals Group has always understood the need for quality health education and this is reflected in the group's mission statement:
"Our mission is to bring healthcare of international standards within the reach of every individual. We are committed to the achievement and maintenance of excellence in education, research and healthcare for the benefit of humanity"
Apollo Hospitals Educational & Research Foundation is running a variety of educational and training programs including Nursing, Hospital Administration, Physiotherapy, Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Anesthesiology.
A spacious building in calm & quiet environment is dedicated to academics and houses our college and the institutes of education. The foundation is proud of its faculty consisting of distinguished personalities from India and abroad including a number of doctors who are members of the Royal College.
Chairman : Dr. Prathap C. Reddy Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group.
President : Shri G. Surender Reddy President, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad.
Secretary & Treasurer : Smt. Sangita Reddy Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.
Trustees: Shri K. UmapathiShri K. Vishveshwar Konda. IAS (Retd) MD, Citadel.
Diploma in Family Medicine
Course Duration : One year (12 months) – 9 months Online study and 3 months of contact program at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad / Delhi / Chennai / Kolkata / Bangalore / Pune (Jehangir Hospital)/ Ludhiana / Bhubaneswar /Bilaspur / Mysore and Ahmedabad.
Eligibility Requirements : MBBS degree with MCI registration.
Selection Criteria : Those fulfilling the eligibility criterion will be called for a personal/ telephonic interview following which the admission list will be drawn.
Course Fee :Rs 1,00,000 (One time payment) or 1st Instalment : During the time of Admission - Rs 40,000, 2nd Instalment : 2 equal installments of Rs 30,000 each in 2 Qtrs
- To have the knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive and continuing care for patients in all age groups.
- To consider illness in psychological and social terms and not just in physical ones.
- To acknowledge clinical uncertainty and to ensure safe and effective management decisions for patients.
- To understand the principles of continuity of care, of the gatekeeper function and of appropriate, timely referral.
- To possess adequate knowledge of computers and their application in clinical practice.
- Primary health care: features; organization; global perspective.
- Dimensions of continuity of care, and the family doctor as gatekeeper.
- Problem oriented patient records.
- Co-ordination of care and making effective referrals. Illness and disease: case studies.
- Dealing with uncertainty.
- Principles of health promotion activity.
- The doctor's role in prevention of smoking; sexually transmitted disease; any other relevant health problem(s).
- Use of medical literature; computer skills.
- Principles of Quality Assurance and practice audit.
- The Principles of Family Medicine
- Child and Adolescent Health
- Women's Health
- Adult Medicine
- Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
- Sexually Related Problems
- Psychiatry in Family Practice
- Surgery in Family Practice
- Emergency Medicine
- Problems of Skin
- Medical Audit and its Administration
- Certification of Cause of Death
Clinical Skills List
The following is a list of skills, which a trainee would be expected to have acquired
by the end of a three year residency programme, Clearly it will not be possible
to ensure that all skills are mastered in a three month programme, but they should
be issued as a form of check list which the general practitioner/family physician
can then ensure he masters over a period of time in clinical practice. Many of the
more basic skills will already have been mastered during previous medical service,
in which case the skills should be assessed for currency and proficiency.
1. Basic Skills
- ENT (ORL) examination, including otoscopy.
- Rectal examination.
- Vaginal examination.
2. Extended Skills
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
- Tests of vision and visual fields.
- Hearing tests.
- Tests of respiratory function (including peak expiratory flow).
- Vaginal examination with speculum.
- Rectoscopy. Indirect laryngoscopy.
- ECG examination.
- Cutaneous tests.
3. Treatment Skills
- Injections (intravenous; intramuscular; intradermal; subcutaneous).
- Venous and vesical catheterisation.
- Nasogastric and endotracheal intubation.
4. Other Treatments
- Aural cleansing.
- Minor surgery procedures (including incision and drainage of abscesses and cysts and extraction of foreign bodies).
- Reduction of dislocations.
- Immobilization of fractures.
- Techniques of haemostasis.
- Simple techniques of rehabilitation.
Speciality wise Requirements
- To be able to identify ECG changes in common situations of ischaemia and rhythm disturbance.
- To read and interpret a chest X-ray.
- To carry out fundoscopy in cases of hypertension and diabetes.
- To carry out a rectal examination and interpret the findings.
- To carry out a summary neurological examination.
- To carry out examination of newborn infants.
- To assess child development.
- To diagnose and treat urinary tract infections and to arrange appropriate follow-up.
- To diagnose and treat common upper respiratory tract infections.
- To recognize and manage common childhood infections.
- To perform routine gynecological examination.
- To carry out routine breast examination.
- To perform cervical screening techniques.
- To be able to insert an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD).
- To examine the pregnant woman and to interpret the data according to the gestation of the foetus.
- To be able to recognize and manage threatened abortion, premature labor and premature rupture.
- To prevent and/or treat common post delivery problems.
- To perform a postnatal examination.
Online module wise internal assessments. Minimum percentage required is 60% to be eligible for the 3-month contact program at any one of the Accredited Apollo Hospitals Centers.
- Paper I Theory ( 100 marks )
- Paper II MCQs ( 100 marks )
Note: To be eligible for the final examination the candidate should have successfully cleared all the internal assessments and completed the contact program.
To be conducted by a panel consisting of the RCGP representative, an internal examiner and an external examiner. The RCGP representative would be the overall assessor and accreditor.
Criteria for Certification
- Successful completion of final exam
- Minimum Attendance of 90% in theory & clinical sessions
- Completion of log book
SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES TO RECEIVE DIPLOMA IN FAMILY MEDICINE JOINTLY FROM AHERF & RCGP