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Investigator Training and Examinations

 

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine offers 2 diplomas for physicians who wish to attain and demonstrate competence to serve as a principal investigator (PI) for exploratory (Phase I/II) clinical studies of investigational medicinal products (IMPs).

 The Diploma in Human Pharmacology (DHP) is intended for physicians conducting human pharmacology studies in healthy volunteers and patients within a dedicated unit of a contract research organisation or academic clinical pharmacology department. 

 The Diploma in Experimental Therapeutics (DET) is intended for physicians conducting Phase I/II studies predominantly in patients within their clinical specialty e.g. oncology, rheumatology, in a hospital clinical research facility.

 The FPM also offers the Certificate in Human Pharmacology (CHP) - a 1-year part-time programme for scientists as well as physicians, who wish to attain a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects (design, monitoring, analysis, reporting, safety, ethics, regulation and law) of exploratory studies of IMPs in man.

The curricula for the DHP and DET are similar but with some important differences:

Curriculum for the Diploma in Human Pharmacology (DHP)

  1. A period of approximately 2 years’ supervised training in the workplace with evidence of attainment of defined investigator skills (Learning Objectives) provided by a portfolio of studies and quality assured assessments;
  2. Maintenance of up-to-date clinical skills including satisfactory completion of an Advanced Life Support or equivalent course;
  3. Attendance at two five-day DHP training courses at King’s College London (KCL), completion of the course assignments to a satisfactory standard and a pass in each of the KCL MCQ post-course tests;
  4. Attendance at a one day DHP training course on prevention and management of adverse reactions in Phase I studies;
  5. FPM  written examinations comprising three papers; the first Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) examination may be taken after the first year and the other two papers at the end of the period of training. 

 Curriculum for the Diploma in Experimental Therapeutics

  1. A period of approximately 18 months’ supervised training in the workplace with evidence of attainment of defined investigator skills (Learning Objectives) provided by a portfolio and quality assured assessments;
  2. Maintenance of up-to-date clinical skills including satisfactory completion of an Advanced Life Support or equivalent course;
  3. Attendance at two five-day DHP training courses at King’s College London (KCL), completion of the course assignments to a satisfactory standard and a pass in each of the KCL MCQ post-course tests;
  4. A FPM Multiple Choice Question single written examination paper. 

In addition, those who have successfully completed the DET curriculum will be required to have gained a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in their specialty.

Curriculum for the Certificate in Human Pharmacology

For more information about the DHP, DET and CHP and to enrol please click here.