What is the difference between the DPM and CPM?

Posted on: Monday 15 January 2024

In the field of pharmaceutical medicine, professionals often pursue advanced qualifications to enhance their expertise and career prospects. Two notable qualifications in this domain are the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM) and the Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM). Explore the key differences between these two certifications, shedding light on their respective entry criteria, benefits, and examination structures.

CPM background

The CPM was launched in 2019 and is designed for physicians as well as non-medical professionals working in pharmaceutical medicine who are seeking career development opportunities. Gaining the CPM demonstrates commitment to the specialty and provides formal recognition of knowledge and expertise. It can also serve as a stepping stone to the DPM.

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DPM background

Established in 1976, the DPM is a prestigious qualification considered a landmark achievement for pharmaceutical physicians. Comprising two parts, the DPM confirms a candidate’s knowledge and expertise in pharmaceutical medicine upon successful completion. The DPM is also a mandatory part of Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST).

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CPM Entry Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in any scientific discipline, or experience of working as a registered pharmacist, nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor, or psychologist.
  • It is strongly recommended you have at least two years’ experience of working in pharmaceutical medicine, and specifically in disciplines that provide experience relevant to the CPM syllabus (for example, clinical development, medical affairs, pharmacovigilance, or other related disciplines).

DPM Entry Requirements

  • Candidates must possess a medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK or be included on an appropriate medical register in their home country.
  • All candidates must be registered as medical practitioners.

CPM Examination Structure

  • Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper (Part 1 of DPM)

Please note: Although non-physicians can take the CPM paper, they will not be eligible for the DPM/Part 2 papers. Only GMC registered medics will be able to take all three DPM papers.

DPM Examination Structure

  • Part 1: Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper (same as CPM)
  • Part 2: Short Answer Paper
  • Part 2: Critical Appraisal Paper

CPM Exam Fees

Exam Fee: £405

DPM Exam Fees

Part 1 exam entry: £405
Part 2 exam entry: £700
Part 2 exam entry (one exam): £350

Benefits of CPM

  • Recognised worldwide
  • Increased employability
  • Formal recognition of knowledge and expertise

Benefits of DPM

  • Opens the path to FPM Membership and Fellowship
  • Globally respected qualification
  • Increased employability
  • Demonstrates expertise in pharmaceutical medicine

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