Who runs this training programme?
This programme is run by Programme Director Prof Alan Boyd and we also bring in other experts when appropriate. Prof Alan Boyd is an experienced independent pharmaceutical physician who actively promotes the academic development of Pharmaceutical Medicine and its accreditation as a recognised medical specialty. Prof Alan Boyd’s biography can be found on the website.
Who should attend this training programme?
- anyone who wishes to prepare for the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine
- anyone enrolled in HMT/PMST who has yet to take the Diploma exam
- anyone who has deferred taking the Diploma exam after attending other courses
- anyone who has taken the Diploma exam previously and requires refresher training
- anyone wishing to improve their knowledge in a specific module or modules
- anyone requiring the flexibility of a modular training programme
- anyone preferring a focused, strategic approach to training and exam preparation
- anyone who requires up to date training on the syllabus of Pharmaceutical Medicine
- anyone with an interest in medicines development and their commercialisation
How does this programme fit in with HMT/PMST?
This programme will teach delegates the syllabus for the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (PharmaTrain), which is a requirement for the successful completion of both HMT and PMST.
Do I need to be enrolled in HMT/PMST in order to attend?
No, anyone wishing to improve their knowledge in pharmaceutical medicine is welcome to attend one or more modules regardless of whether they are enrolled in HMT/PMST or planning to sit the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine exam.
I work/trained outside the UK; can I still attend this training programme?
Yes, there are no restrictions on who can attend the programme and non-UK delegates are welcome to attend irrespective of where they trained or currently work.
I plan to sit one of the European Diploma exams; can I still attend this training programme?
Yes, there are no restrictions on who can attend the programme. As the equivalent non-UK diploma exams are based on the same syllabus for Pharmaceutical Medicine (PharmaTrain) that is taught by Boyds Training, this training programme also meets the needs of pharmaceutical physicians from outside the UK.
Do I need to be a Pharmaceutical Physician or have a medical degree in order to attend?
No, anyone wishing to improve their knowledge in pharmaceutical medicine is welcome to attend one or more modules. For example, personnel working in Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Research, Clinical Pharmacology and Scientific Affairs may wish to attend relevant modules to provide an overview or initial introduction to their disciplines. Also, you do not need to be medically qualified to attend the modules.
When in the year can I enrol on these modules?
Delegates can enrol on these modules at any time during the calendar year. It is not necessary to enrol at only one specific time point.
Do I need to attend all modules?
Delegates do not need to attend all eight modules of this programme and can attend any number of modules on a flexible basis according to individual educational needs. Modules 1-6 cover the syllabus of Pharmaceutical Medicine (PharmaTrain) and modules 7 and 8 cover exam technique/coaching and a mock Diploma exam.
I only want to attend one module, is this OK?
Yes, delegates can attend as many or as few modules as they wish according to individual educational needs. Modules 1-6 cover the syllabus of Pharmaceutical Medicine (PharmaTrain) and modules 7 and 8 cover exam technique/coaching and a mock Diploma exam.
Is there a minimum/maximum time required to complete the whole programme?
If delegates wish to complete the whole programme (eight modules) this can be done at the delegate’s own pace. All eight modules could be completed in the same year or attendance at modules could be divided over two or more years according to individual educational needs.
How quickly can I complete the whole programme?
The programme can be completed in a minimum of nine months by attending all eight modules in the same calendar year. Modules will be run on a rolling annual basis from February to October with the Diploma exam scheduled in September (part 1) and October (part 2) each year. There is no maximum time required to complete the programme and delegates can attend one or more modules flexibly at their own speed according to individual educational needs.
How long do the modules take?
Each module will last two full days, usually a Friday and a Saturday. Module 7 is a one-day module.
How often will the modules be repeated?
All eight modules will be repeated annually to provide a flexible approach to training for the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine.
How do you ensure the content of your training programme is up to date?
The content of the modules undergoes a vigorous quality management process under the guidance of the Programme Director to ensure that all information presented is relevant, up to date and incorporates any recent changes to the syllabus of the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine. Furthermore, as all modules are refreshed annually this helps to ensure that candidates for the Diploma exam receive the latest and most relevant training.
Is there a reading list to support this training programme?
Yes, although in our experience the modern practice of Pharmaceutical Medicine is constantly being updated and no single reading source fully reflects this. However, as well as updating and refreshing our training programme each year we have compiled a reading list that contains the most important and relevant resources to assist individuals with their training in Pharmaceutical Medicine and to help candidates prepare for the Diploma exam. The reading list can be found on our website.
What accreditation does this programme have?
For each individual module, CPD points from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine have been awarded. CPD certificates will be given to candidates upon completion of each module.
Where will these modules take place?
All modules will take place at The Bull, Oxford Road, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 7PA. Information about The Bull can be found at: www.sarova-bullhotel.com. Reservations can be made by contacting The Bull on +44 (0)1753 885995.
How do I book a place on a module?
To reserve a place on any of these modules please contact Boyds Training on +44 (0)1270 270010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your cancellation policy?
Should you be unable to attend for any reason, a substitute delegate from the same company or organisation is welcome to attend in your place at no extra charge. A registration may be transferred to a delegate from the same company or organisation at any time. If this is not possible, for cancellations received in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the module an administrative charge of £150.00 (+ VAT) will be made and the remaining fees refunded. Boyds Training regrets that no refunds will be given for cancellations made within 28 days of the module start date although full course documentation will, however, be sent to the delegate.
Boyds Training reserves the right to vary the programme of modules without notice. In the unlikely event that a training module has to be cancelled for any reason, Boyds Training are not liable for any costs incurred by delegates in connection with their attendance. However, in this eventuality all paid registrations will be refunded in full.