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Remote and Offshore Medicine Graduates Celebrate Success

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26 Jul 2012


RCSEd's successful Remote and Offshore Medicine programme has seen its first graduations, with six students having recently received their awards.


The students, who were part of the original cohort from September 2008, graduated in March, with more students due to attend diploma ceremonies later in the year.


This programme, which enters its fifth year in September, aims to provide remote health professionals with the knowledge and skills to work effectively in the remote and offshore environments, and the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in this field.


"Remote site medicine often takes place in a challenging environment, under challenging circumstances... My decision to study remote site medicine was primarily to increase clinical knowledge and skills in the remote site environment, enabling me to become a better and more competent practitioner," said Helen Rowe, who recently graduated from the programme with a Diploma in Remote and Offshore Medicine (DipROM).


The programme is delivered online via RCSEd's virtual learning environment, using a range of flexible learning and assessment methods, including discussion forums, online seminars, essay-style analysis, and multiple choice exams. For students working in the remote/offshore field, this is a convenient way to study. Helen, a remote site medic, studied whilst working around the world on-board a seismic vessel. "The DipROM offered a unique course structure, which fulfilled my learning requirements, whilst offering a learning style which enabled me to continue to work full time in the remote field," she said.


Gary McAlister also graduated from the programme with the DipROM. He enrolled in the programme to support his career move into the oil and gas industry after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as a close protection officer and medic. "This is by far the best course I have ever undertaken, and would recommend it to everyone who is currently serving in the Military, and anyone who wishes to become employed in the Oil and Gas industry", he said.


Helen's career prospects are already flourishing after graduating in March. "Holding the DipROM has opened doors which I was not expecting, I am about to commence my MSc in Occupational Health with a long-term aim of improving the occupational health of offshore workers. This is something I would never have considered if I had not undertaken the DipROM. I am also a more competent practitioner, with a greatly increased knowledge base, and increased confidence in my own ability," said Helen.


Applications are now open for the September intake of our Remote and Offshore Medicine programme. Candidates should have an undergraduate health-related qualification, and/or a professional license and registration in any medical field or area; and current work experience in the remote/offshore medical field. A basic professional level of spoken and written English is required for candidates whose first language is not English. The closing date for applications is 10 August 2012.

For more information, please visit the programme pages on our website, or email us at diprom@rcsed.ac.uk.

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