DPM Training Programme 2023 | Module 3: Discovery and Early Development

Start date: Monday 1 May 2023
End date: Wednesday 31 May 2023

Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine Training Programme

The Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM) training programme has been designed by FPM to prepare candidates for the Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM) and Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM) exams.

The programme is mapped to the PharmaTrain syllabus, on which the CPM and DPM exams are based, aiming to improve knowledge across six broad topic areas, with three additional exam technique courses that explore technique and question practice across the three types of papers that feature in the CPM and DPM exams.

This module will include the following topics: 

  • Discovery of New Medicines
  • Non-Clinical Safety Testing & Safety Testing of Small Molecules vs. Biologicals
  • Principles of Pharmacokinetics
  • Factors Affecting Pharmacokinetics
  • Mechanisms of Action and Interaction
  • Exploratory Development & Phase 0 Trials, Biosimilars, Pharmacogenetics & Pharmacogenomics
  • Biomarkers, Clinical Endpoints & Surrogate Endpoints
  • First in Human Studies, Dose Selection & Risk Minimisation
  • Advanced Therapies & Drug-Coupled Devices
  • Pharmaceutical Development
  • Question practice

By the end of this course, you will:

  • further your understanding of key aspects of pharmaceutical medicine and the industry
  • gain a focused approach to learning and exam preparation
  • develop your confidence to sit the exam
  •  benefit from a comprehensive range of learning materials that will aid you in your professional development
  • gain the knowledge needed to develop and maintain competence, ethics and integrity and the highest professional standards.

Who is this course for?

  • anyone who wishes to prepare for the Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM) and Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM) exams
  • anyone who has taken the DPM exam previously and requires refresher training
  • anyone wishing to improve/update their knowledge in a topic or topic area
  • anyone requiring the flexibility of a modular training programme
  • anyone preferring a guided approach to training and exam preparation
  • although the course is designed specifically to meet the requirements of the DPM syllabus, you do not need to be a Pharmaceutical Physician, have a medical degree, be enrolled in PMST or be planning to sit the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine exam in order to attend.

Booking Information

The modules may be bought individually or as a series and are provided with a license to access the materials contained in the LMS for 24 months from the start of the programme i.e., 1 March, allowing for revision and review after exam results are released.

Participants may register on the modules at any time throughout the duration of the programme, however we strongly recommend following the schedule to allow for adequate preparation ahead of the exams.

Please note, to access this course, you will need a computer and a good internet connection, and some means of making your own revision notes.

Refund policy

Providing participants have not accessed their programme:

  • cancellations up to 1 week before the start date of a module or a revision training course a full refund will be given.
  • cancellations between 1 week and the published start date of a module or revision training course a 50% refund will be given. If someone else can take your place on the module, a full refund will be provided.

In addition

  • refunds cannot be given after the published start dates.
  • In the event of cancellation by FPM a full refund will be given.
  • If you have booked the SAQ and/or CAP exam technique revision courses but subsequently decide not to take them, you can request a full refund up to 17:00 on 27 September.

Live expert led sessions: 

11 May & 25 May at 14:00 (GMT)

Price options:

Modules 1-6 (Price per module)

  • FPM Members £695
  • PMST £625
  • Non-Members £800

Bundle price (includes up to three past modules with recordings of live sessions)

  • FPM Members £3,750
  • PMST £3,360
  • Non-Members £4,320

Modules 7-9 (Exam Revision – price per module)

  • FPM Members £350
  • PMST £310
  • Non-Members £405

Bundle price (refunds for modules 8 & 9 will be issued if candidates do not pass paper 1)

  • FPM Members £945
  • PMST £625 £840
  • Non-Members £1.095

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CPD Credits

If you attend this course you can use it as CPD for your appraisal.

To do so you’ll need to provide:

  • evidence (certificate of attendance), and
  • reflection, specifically a couple of paragraphs on what you learnt, what effect it will have on your current practice and how it relates to Good Medical Practice.
  • if you are registered for PMST on the 2021 Curriculum you may also be able to use learning gained from the programme to support the development of your capabilities in practice.

Upload these into your portfolio and self-allocate your CPD points at 0.25 credits per 15 mins.

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