The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London was established “to develop and maintain the good practice of occupational medicine with a view to providing for the protection of people at work by ensuring the highest professional standards of competence and ethical integrity”.
The Diploma in Aviation Medicine is designed for medical practitioners who wish to specialise in the practice of aviation medicine.
It is established to demonstrate that the holder has achieved a level of competence appropriate to the specialist working in aviation medicine. It is quite separate from other qualifications of the Faculty and is not part of the formal training route to Membership or entry onto the specialist register of the General Medical Council of the UK.
D1. Candidates for the Diploma are required EITHER
(a) to provide evidence of full or limited registration with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom
(b) to possess a medical qualification acceptable to the Director of Assessment of the Faculty. These candidates must produce their original medical registration certificates, or diplomas of medical qualification, and official translations thereof if not in English.
D2. Candidates are also required to have EITHER
(a) completed a Faculty approved Diploma Training Course by the date of the examination. Candidates must provide a copy of their certificate of successful completion of such a course
(b) held appointments in the practice or teaching of aviation medicine for not less than 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
D3. The examination is in two parts. Candidates are required to pass
(a) two written examination papers, one in aviation physiology and psychology, the second in clinical aviation medicine. Each written paper consists of both multiple choice and essay sections.
(b) two oral examinations.
D4. Candidates who have successfully completed the requirements specified in D3 will be awarded the Diploma in Aviation Medicine on payment of a fee (see D5). Holders of the Diploma may use the postnominals DAvMed. This qualification is not registerable with the General Medical Council.
D5. Any further advice on the Regulations may be obtained by writing to the Academic Dean.
1. The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London took over the administration of this qualification in 1982 for doctors who wish to demonstrate a level of proficiency in aviation medicine appropriate to the practice of a specialist.
2. Regulations governing the Diploma in Aviation Medicine (DAvMed) have been published by the Faculty. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that they obtain the latest edition of the Regulations. These notes do not form part of the Regulations but are intended to provide guidance for candidates and those running courses to prepare candidates for this qualification.
3. This qualification is intended to meet the needs of registered medical practitioners who wish to demonstrate by a combination of training and examination, a level of knowledge and competence in aviation medicine consistent with the practice of a specialist.
4. The qualification consists of four main elements: training, written and multiple choice examination papers and oral examination.
5. A number of institutions may offer Diploma Training Courses covering the core syllabus. These courses may be full time, part time or by distance learning. The core syllabus covers the basic topics necessary to understand the principles and practice of aviation medicine and is given in Annex B.
6. Diploma courses are approved on behalf of the Faculty by the Director of Assessment to whom applications must be made in writing at least six weeks before the course is due to start. Approval is valid for one year only and it is the responsibility of Training Centres to reapply for approval.
7. The Diploma core syllabus requires a minimum of 300 hours direct training as detailed in Annex B. To reach the required standard, candidates need to undertake further private study. This study includes reading appropriate books and journals, attendance at professional meetings such as those arranged by the Aviation Medicine Group of the Royal Aeronautical Society and other organisations, and visits to workplaces. Such study is likely to require a minimum of 2-3 hours per week over six months. Those providing Diploma Training Courses should include advice about further study in their teaching.
8. Application for admission to the examination must be made on the Faculty’s generic application form, which is available from the forms page, by the published closing date and accompanied by the appropriate fee. The Faculty must receive the original signed form and under no circumstances will a photocopied or faxed form be accepted. Applications must be accompanied by a copy of the certificate of successful completion of a Diploma Training Course. The examination is held in London in late June/early July each year.
9. The examination is in two parts. The first component consists of two three-hour papers, each paper consisting of a one hour multiple choice section and a two hour modified essay section. It is designed to assess not only the factual knowledge of the candidates but also their understanding of the principles involved and their capacity to apply this knowledge to specific problems or scenarios. The first written paper covers Aviation Physiology and Psychology and the second Clinical Aviation Medicine.
10. The second component is an oral examination. An important part of the practice of aviation medicine is good, clear and authoritative communication with employers, medical colleagues and aircrew, and the oral examinations provide a good opportunity to demonstrate these skills.
11. For each of the two oral examinations, Aviation Physiology and Psychology, and Clinical Aviation Medicine, each candidate is assessed by two examiners. Each examiner will question the candidate for 10 minutes, exploring in depth the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the subject. Examiners are seeking evidence that the candidate has understood the principles of aviation medicine and can apply them in practice. 200 marks are allocated for the written work and 50 marks for the oral examination. Candidates are required to achieve a combined mark of at least 60% in the two oral examinations, and obtain an overall mark of at least 60% in both the Aviation Physiology and Psychology papers (oral and written combined) and the Clinical Aviation Medicine papers (oral and written combined).
12. Examiners are appointed by the Assessment Subcommittee and are required to participate in training.