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Improving patient care online

18 Gorffennaf 2007

Internet diabetes diploma course launched

Cardiff University has launched a course to help doctors to improve patient care from their computers.

The School of Medicine’s new Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes is aimed at promoting clinical leadership in the care of people with diabetes.

The majority of the learning and assessment will be delivered through a dedicated website designed to enhance clinical experience in diabetes through case problems and discussion with academic tutors. Designed by staff based at the Diabetes Research Unit in Llandough Hospital, Penarth the course is to be delivered as a part time distance learning course via the Internet and is enrolling for the start of the course in January 2008. The modular diploma also includes introductory lectures and small group teaching.

"This is an exciting move for the School of Medicine", said Professor David Owens, Professor of Diabetes and chair of the course management board. "Having gained experience in distance learning the School has supported the development of this Diabetes Diploma which will have national and international appeal". Already there has been interest in the course from the UK, other European countries, the Middle East and South Africa.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes will be a part time course delivered over two years to doctors with a clinical interest in diabetes practising in a primary or secondary care setting. The curriculum will be based on the International Diabetes Foundation curriculum and reviewed annually. The course consists of six modules each delivered over a period of 10 - 12 weeks with a mix of teaching material, individual work, group work and assessment.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes has been established to bring a recognised university based qualification which uses up-to-date teaching and assessment methods and gives access to education in diabetes for health professionals throughout the world.

A number of courses in the School of Medicine already deliver e-learning to doctors worldwide including the Diploma in Practical Dermatology shortlisted for the Most Imaginative Use of Distance Learning Award in last year’s Times Higher Educational Supplement awards.

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