IGNOU COURSES

Post-Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (PGDGM)

Updated on 21 May, 2013


Post-Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (PGDGM)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 3 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 21,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar

Eligibility:

 

Post-Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (P.G.D.G.M.) Programme is a one-year Diploma Programme of 32 credits (14 credits in theory and 18 credits in practical). This programme was launched in January, 2004. The number of study centres activated at present are 21.

This Programme aims at equipping the practicing doctors with knowledge and skills in the field of Geriatric Medicine and enable them to deal with the special problems faced by the elderly. With increasing life expectancy, the proportion of elderly population is fast increasing. Aging is inevitable and irreversible. The epidemiology and the clinical features of diseases vary in this age group and drug dosages and interactions also differ. Geriatric management requires not only medical interventions, but also special economic and environmental interventions. This programme aims at not only enhancing the knowledge but also multiskilling the doctors so that they can provide primary-level care to the elderly.

 

The broad objectives of the Programme are to:

  • Upgrade the knowledge and skills for providing comprehensive healthcare to elderly;
  • Inculcate the inter-disciplinary approach for diagnosing and management of geriatric health problems;
  • Improve the clinical, social and communication skills by providing hands on training in medical colleges and district hospitals.
CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 MME-004  Basic Geriatrics (MME-004)  6
 MME-005  Clinical Geriatrics (MME-005)  8
 MMEL-004  Basic Geriatrics  6
 MMEL-005  Clinical Geriatrics  12

 

Admission Procedure
Admission cycle of this programme is January session every year. Admission in the PGDGM Programme will be offered through the common prospectus of IGNOU available at all Regional Centres of IGNOU. It can also be downloaded from IGNOU website.
 
Implementation
 
The programme is offered as a distance learning programme. The programme package consists of printed course material in the form of booklets, Practical contact sessions, teleconferencing, radiocounselling, audio-video cassettes and web counseling. Theory courses are to be taken up by self study of self instructional material which have an in built teacher. For practical courses, the students have to undergo hands on training of specified skills in tertiary medical set up/ medical college called Programme study centre or a PSC. The student is posted to the medical college for 30 days. This is spread over 4 contact spells of 10 days, 8 days, 6 days and 6 days over the whole year. Here they are demonstrated and taught skills in different disciplines of medicine by trained post graduate doctors of the medical college appointed as counselors. In addition to their training in a PSC, the students are required to practice their skills in a secondary care hospital called a Skill Development Centre (SDC). The students gain proficiency in various skills under the able guidance of counselor in both PSC and SDC, the trainers called academic counsellors guide and evaluate the learner.
 
Teleconferencing

Teleconferencing is a one-way video and two-way audio facility. Teleconferencing is planned for every month. During teleconferencing session, students get opportunity to ask questions through phone or fax. The resource persons/experts participating in teleconferencing sessions reply to clear their doubts.
 
The teleconferencing facility is available at the Regional Centres and Selected Study Centres. The monthly teleconferencing schedule is sent to the Programme In-charges and Regional Directors who inform the students. Teleconferencing is done through Gyan Darshan Channel. You can also view the teleconferencing through the educational broadcast available on home page of IGNOU Website. The students must regularly attend these sessions. These help them clarify doubts and interact with other learners all over the country.
 
Radio Counselling
 
Radio counselling is held through FM and students can ask questions free of cost with phone in facilities right from their homes. A toll free telephone number 110012345 has been provided for this purpose.
 
Audio-video Programme
 
Audio and video programmes for each course have been prepared to support learning for the students. These Audio-video programmes in the form of cassettes are available at all Programme Study Centres. These Audio and video cassettes will be provided for viewing and listening. They can also hire the cassettes for viewing and listening. The videos are also telecast through DD Metro channel and schedule is informed to students in advance.
 
Attendance
 
Students are required to complete ninety percent attendance in practical contact sessions to become eligible for appearing in practical examination.
 
Evaluation
 
Continuous and term end assessment of both theory and practical courses is carried out.
 
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Continuous Evaluation of Theory Component - Assignments
 
Assignment is a means of continuing assessment of theory and practical. These assignments consist of a set of questions and activities that a student has to answer at his own place by referring to the  blocks. Assignments help to recapitulate the theory. Thus assignments also help to reinforce learning in distance learning system of education. The assignments carry thirty percent weightage of the theory component. 70% weightage is for the term end examination. Students are required to obtain fifty percent marks as pass percentage in each assignment separately.
 
Term-end Examination
 
Term-end examination for theory is held twice in a year i.e. in the month of June/December. There is one paper for each of the two theory courses of 70 marks each. Each paper is of 3 hours duration. A student has to secure at least 35 marks (50%) in each of the theory papers for successful completion.
 
A student could appear in both or any one of the two theory papers at a time. For appearing in the theory term-end examination, the student should fulfill two requisites, i.e. filling up the form in time and timely submission of assignments related to that theory paper or the papers that he/she want to appear. The theory term end examination form is available on the IGNOU website.
 
Continuous Evaluation of Practical Component
Internal Assessment
 
Like the theory courses, the practical courses have 30% weightage from internal assessment. The internal assessment of the practical component is done by the counsellors located both at the PSC and the SDC. There are no formal question papers to assess this component. The counsellors make a subjective assessment of the understanding and performance of the student on every skill. In PSC, all the skills dealt in a spell is evaluated by the end of the respective spell.
 
The marks on internal assessment is given by the PSC/SDC counsellors in a proforma provided for the respective courses.  This proforma is handed over by the respective SDC/PSC counsellors to the programme in-charge as soon as the student completes all the requisite activities under them.
 
The weightage of marks is provided in the programme guide. Passing in internal assessment of the practical is a prerequisite for appearing in the Term-end Practical examination. A student has to secure at least 15 marks to be declared as pass in the internal assessment component. If a student fails to secure pass marks, he/she has to repeat all the practical activities (at PSC and SDC) of related courses after paying the required fees at the regional centre. The fee is same as that applicable for readmission to practical Courses.
Term-end Examination
The practical term end examination is usually held once in a year i.e November/December. However if need arises, it may held twice a year.
 
The student appears in the term-end examination of practical component at his programme study centre. As term-end examination is conducted for all the three practical courses, the examination is spread over 3 days i.e. one day each for each discipline. The Programme in-charge informs the students about the schedule of the practical examination.
 
The examination pattern is uniform in the whole country. A student has to score at least 35 marks in any of the two practical courses to pass successfully. In case, he/she fails, he/she has to repeat the respective course/s.
 
 
Certification
 
After successful completion of all the four courses, a student is awarded a certificate for PGDGM programme.
 
Programme study Centres
RC CODE
RC NAME
SC CODE
SC ADDRESS
13
BANGALORE
1337
 
DR. MEDHA Y. RAO
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
M.S. RAMAIAH MEDICAL COLLEGE
MSR NAGAR
MSRIT POST
BANGALORE
KARNATAKA
560054
080-3608888
14
COCHIN
1440
 
DR. GEORGE PAUL
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
AMARITA INSTT. OF MEDICAL SCI.
& RESEARCH CENTRE
ELAMAKKARA
KOCHI
KERALA
682026
0484-2338990
12
JAMMU
1254
 
DR. RATAN PRAKASH KUDYAR
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
A.S.C. COLLEGE OF MEDICAL SCI.
AND HOSPITAL
SIDHRA
J & K
180006
0191-2662270
0941919119
28
KOLKATA
2843
 
DR DIPANJAN BANDYOPADHAYA
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
KOLKATTA MEDICAL COLLEGE
#88, COLLEGE STREET
KOLKATA
WEST BENGAL
700073
033-22412870, 22414920
09433083913
29
DELHI 2
0774
 
PROG. G.K. INGLE
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
MAULANA AZAD MEDICAL COLLEGE
B.S.Z. ROAD
NEW DELHI
DELHI
110002
011-23231478
01
HYDERABAD
0149
 
DR. Y. SATHYANARAYANA RAJU
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
NIZAM'S INSTT OF MEDICAL SCI.
PUNJAGUTTA
HYDERABAD
ANDHRA PRADESH
500034
040-23390933
88
JODHPUR
2352
 
DR. ARVIND MATHUR
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
DR. SAMPURNANAND MEDICAL COLL.
RESIDENCY ROAD
JODHPUR
RAJASTHAN
342003
0291-2434374-76
21
BHUBANESHWAR
2147
 
PROF. DHIRENDRANATH MAHARANA
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
S.C.B. MEDICAL COLLEGE
CUTTACK
ORISSA
753007
2614355
48
VARANASI
2759
 
DR. I.S GAMBHIR
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY
VARANASI
UTTAR PRADESH
221005
0542-2307500, 2367568
30
SRINAGAR
1255
 
DR.PARVAIZ AHMAD SHAH
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
GOVT. MEDICAL COLLEGE
SRINAGAR
J & K
190005
0194-453114, 453115
22
KHANNA
2217
 
DR.SHAVINDER SINGH
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
CHRISTIAN MEDICAL COLLEGE
LUDHIANA
PUNJAB
141008
0161-5010819
15
BHOPAL
1556
 
DR. V.K. SHARMA
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
GANDHI MEDICAL COLLEGE
BHOPAL
MADHYA PRADESH
462001
0755-2540590, 2540059
29
DELHI 2
0777
 
PROF. S. DWIVEDI
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MED SCI.
G.T.B. HOSPITAL
DILSHAD GARDEN
DELHI
DELHI
110095
011-22582106, 22582972
49
MUMBAI
1635
 
DR. N.K. HASE
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
L.T. MUNICIPAL MEDICAL COLLEGE
SION
MUMBAI
MAHARASHTRA
400022
044-24076381
04
GUWAHATI
0447
 
DR. D.P. CHAKRABORTY
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
GUWAHATI MEDICAL COLLEGE
PO INDRAPUR
GUWAHATI
ASSAM
-32
0361-2342323
25
CHENNAI
2565
 
DR. VINOD SHAH
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
CHRISTIAN MEDCL COLLEGE & HOSP
VELLORE
TAMILNADU
632004
27
LUCKNOW
2782
 
PROF. ASHOK CHANDRA
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
KGMU
SHEHMEENA ROAD CHOWK
LUCKNOW
UTTAR PRADESH
226003
0522-2257540
0522-2257539
41
JABALPUR
1588
 
LT.COL. R.K. AGARWAL
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
MILITARY HOSPITAL
JABALPUR CANT
MADHYA PRADESH
482001
0761-2726300
36
NAGPUR
1634
 
PROG I/C
IGNOU PROG STUDY CENTRE
MAHATAMA GANDHI INSITUTE OF
MEDICAL SCIENCES,
SEVRGRAM
DIST VARDHA
MAHARASHTRA
442102
07152-284341
16
PUNE
1676
 
DR ANITA BASAVA RAJ
PROG I/C
IGNOU PROG STUDY CENTRE
B J COLLEGE & SASSOON
GENERAL ROAD
PUNE
MAHARASHTRA
411001
020-26126868
09
AHMEDABAD
0917
 
DR. SHARAD VYAS
PROG. I/C
IGNOU PROG. STUDY CENTRE
B.J. MEDICAL COLLEGE
CIVIL HOSPITAL
ASARAWA
AHMEDABAD
GUJARAT
380016
079-2123721
 

 

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